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Dialogue : Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Effective Dialogue - Gloria Kempton

Dialogue

Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Effective Dialogue

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Craft Compelling Dialogue.

When should your character talk, what should (or shouldn't) he say, and when should he say it? How do you know when dialogue or the lack thereof is dragging down your scene? How do you fix a character who speaks without the laconic wit of the Terminator? Write Great Fiction: Dialogue by successful author and instructor Gloria Kempton has the answers to all of these questions and more! It's packed with innovative exercises and instruction designed to teach you how to:

  • Create dialogue that drives the story
  • Weave dialogue with narrative and action
  • Write dialogue that fits specific genres
  • Avoid the common pitfalls of writing dialogue
  • Make dialogue unique for each character
Along with dozens of dialogue excerpts from today's most popular writers,Write Great Fiction: Dialogue gives you the edge you need to make your story stand out from the rest.

Introductionp. 1
Releasing the Voice Within-The Purpose of Dialoguep. 4
Mute Characters and Stories-Abolishing Your Fearsp. 17
The Genre, Mainstream, and Literary Story-The Dialogue Mattersp. 31
Wheels of Motion-Dialogue That Propels the Story Forwardp. 52
Narrative, Dialogue, and Action-Learning to Weave the Spoken Wordp. 67
In Their Own Words-Delivering the Characters and Their Motivations to the Readerp. 83
There Is a Place-Using Dialogue to Reveal Story Setting and Backgroundp. 100
Brakes or Accelerator-Dialogue as a Means of Pacingp. 118
Tightening the Tension and Suspense-Dialogue That Intensifies the Conflictp. 133
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night-Using Dialogue to Set the Mood and Facilitate the Emotionp. 146
The Uhs, Ands, and Ers-Some How-Tos of Dialogue Quirksp. 166
Whoops! Dialogue That Doesn't Deliver-The Most Common Mistakesp. 176
Punctuation and Last Minute Considerations-Tying Up the Loose Endsp. 193
Dialogue Dos and Don'ts-Some Practical Tipsp. 205
Connecting With Readers-You Can Make a Differencep. 219
Checklistp. 227
Indexp. 228
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ISBN: 9781582972893
ISBN-10: 1582972893
Series: Write Great Fiction
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 26th October 2004
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.337