Subtext, so easy, am I right?

For me the key to writing subtext to have a healthy scene dynamic in place. Our characters need to be navigating scenes with a chess-like strategy. Once we know every moment of the scene, every little play and reaction, then we know what the characters are trying to do. By knowing what they are trying to do, we can then add a layer of normality that seems more like everyday life over the top of that dynamic. Working this way around makes writing realistic dialogue and action a lot easier. This all said, I do have a process to try and rewrite existing dialogue into something with subtext. I actually ended up using this process during the rewrite of one of my early screenplays and it really helped me.

TURN & BURN SUBTEXT WORKSHEET
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WHAT IS THE MOST LITERAL VERSION OF WHAT THE CHARACTER IS SAYING?

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WHAT IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE VERSION OF WHAT THE CHARACTER IS SAYING?

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WHAT IS THE MOST ABSURD VERSION OF WHAT THE CHARACTER IS SAYING?

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THE ABOVE COMBINED INTO SOMETHING MORE REALISTIC:

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