You Talkin’ to Me? How to Write Great Dialogue

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Dialogue takes on a lot of jobs in all kinds of writing — screenplays, novels, short stories, plays, and more. It can help define characters, advance the story, express themes, and explore conflict. In order to do so many jobs, dialogue must be lean and very specific. Dialogue in writing can’t be like everyday conversation. It has to not just carry what is spoken, but it must carry subtext as well. Word choice, to indicate that subtext, is incredibly important. This book, written by a successful screenwriter and a script consultant, gives writers ways to look at dialogue for the different jobs it has to do through the use of excellent examples with suggested rewrites. This structure is highly instructive and useful for writers of any genre and at any level of experience. The writing is accessible and lively, as one would expect, making this not only a necessity for writers to add to their libraries but something of a joy as well. It is a fun book to read. Studying the lessons laid out in this book can take writers to the next level and help them make their writing polished and professional.

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Author Linda Seger and John Rainey
Star Count /5
Format Trade
Page Count 254 pages
Publish Date 2020-06-02
ISBN 9781615933136 Buy this Book
Issue July 2020
Category Music & Movies


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