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When I wrote my first two novels, I had a real problem with dialog. I audio-taped a couple of movies and transcribed them. It worked. For an investment of maybe eight hours, I've found dialog easy and fun to do ever since.
The bonus --- not only did it improve my dialog 1000 per cent, but it also improved all my performance writing as well. I formed a mental link between how words look on page, and how they sound.
* Write, then: read your words aloud. Or: talk. Start talking to yourself (it helps if you have your own office) about product you're writing copy for. Include sound-effects. Be outrageous. You'll create excellent copy.
* Think about sub-text. This is underlying meaning of our words. The better script (dialog) writer, simpler writing, because it relies almost completely on sub-text. This is difficult to do. However, don't let that stop you. The more practising you do, better you'll get. Look for examples of sub-text when you're watching movies and TV, and write examples down in a notebook.
* Listen to conversational styles of people you meet.
Unless they've made an effort to change it, their conversational style reflects their early family environment. So you'll find that someone who's grown up in a home where her parents are from another culture may not speak her parents' native language, but she nevertheless has some of that language structure in her conversational style --- in way she uses words.
You can use this knowledge to add veracity to your conversational style.
Try above approaches. For a small investment in time, you'll improve your copywriting skills.
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