What kind of image does this little bit of dialogue conjure in your mind? Did you imagine an old man from the 1920s with a cigar in his mouth or did you see some punk kid imitating a lousy movie about gangsters? Depending on dialogue, a character can be seen in many different ways for the reader. Sure, dialogue may seem a bit daunting at first, but it adds some depth to the characters or the paper that you’re writing. If you want to leave your teacher with a good impression of your writing skills, then consider throwing in some dialogue to spice up the reading.

Now even though some readers skim dialogue because it may not seem important, good dialogue can catch their attention and make them invest more time in the paper. If you spend all this time crafting dialogue that really drives home a character or statistic, then wouldn’t it be worth it for the reader to actually notice this section rather than dismiss it as something that takes up space on a page?

While some dialogue may not captivate your readers as much as it should, some good dialogue will add depth to your paper and leave your reader with the impression that you’re one of the best writers around. You will have mastered a seemingly simple practice to conjure images of grandeur or simplicity so vivid enough that they will still be thinking about these images weeks after the fact. How awesome would that be?

So the next time you’re about to skip writing out what someone has said in a paper, consider the impact that you’re taking away from the paper. What’s the feeling behind this topic? How can you convey to your reader the meaning of the passage through some speech? Does the dialogue you have make you think of a wisecracking old man with a grudge or a monotonous person with no personality? Which character would you be more interested in?