1 – Good dialogue is unique and doesn’t just convey information but also helps develop the characters:
Don: Hey, Napoleon. What did you do last summer again?
Napoleon Dynamite : I told you! I spent it with my uncle in Alaska hunting wolverines!
Don : Did you shoot any?
Napoleon Dynamite : Yes, like 50 of ’em! They kept trying to attack my cousins, what the heck would you do in a situation like that?
Don : What kind of gun did you use?
Napoleon Dynamite : A freakin’ 12-gauge, what do you think?
2 – Your characters need to want something. And let them be brave enough (or stupid enough) to go after it.
Napoleon Dynamite: Well, nobody’s going to go out with *me*!
Pedro: Have you asked anybody yet?
Napoleon Dynamite: No, but who would? I don’t even have any good skills.
Pedro: What do you mean?
Napoleon Dynamite: You know, like nunchuku skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills… Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills.
Pedro: Aren’t you pretty good at drawing, like animals and warriors and stuff?
Napoleon Dynamite: Yes… probably the best that I know of.
Pedro: Just draw a picture of the girl you want to take out… and give it to her for like a gift or something.
Napoleon Dynamite: That’s a pretty good idea.
3 – This is a painful one – you have to let bad things happen to the characters, especially the ones you love:
Deb: It’s Deb. And I’m calling to let you know I think you’re a shallow friend.
Napoleon Dynamite: What the heck are you even talking about?
Deb: Don’t lie, Napoleon. Your Uncle Rico made it very clear how you feel about me. I don’t need herbal enhancers to feel good about myself. And if you’re so concerned about that, why don’t you try eating some yourself?
4 – If your story is falling flat, introduce someone completely unlike your main character:
Pedro: Do you think people will vote for me?
Napoleon: Heck yes! I’d vote for you.
Pedro: Like what are my skills?
Napoleon: Well, you have a sweet bike, and you’re really good at hooking up with chicks. Plus you’re, like, the only guy at school who has a mustache.
Pedro: That’s true.
5 – Finally, always end with a killer dance scene