I’m always interested in improving my process and it’s exciting to learn a new writing technique. Here’s a terrific way to write better dialogue courtesy of my colleague Lori Fischer:
Here’s the dialogue writing exercise. It was first taught to me by Eduardo Machado.
Relax your body and take three deep breaths.
What do you feel?
Where is the feeling located in your body?
Your neck, chest, etc.
What character in your screenplay feels this feeling?
Give it to them.
Breathe the feeling into that character.
Now, let another character, who doesn’t want to understand them walk into the room.
Write the scene.