Are Your Characters Talking Too Much?

Are Your Characters Talking Too Much?

Dialogue drives both narrative and character development. The key for creative writers is including just enough dialogue to meet those needs and no more. The last thing you want is to have your characters talking too much. Many novelists approach a scene by writing until they feel they have included sufficient dialogue to meet their […]

The 4 Different Types of Conflict in Dialogue

The Four Different Types of Conflict in Dialogue

Today, I’m guest posting over on Jane Friedman’s blog, with the post “The Four Different Types of Conflict in Dialogue.” Here’s an excerpt: Conflict in dialogue provides authors with one of their best opportunities for jazzing up their stories and powering their plots. Slow scene? No problemo. Just throw in a nice, heated little argument. What […]

The Sneaky Secret Life of “As You Know, Bob…”

Just a quick heads up: I’m going to be taking a break from videoing for a month or two, due to some minor health issues. I’ll still be posting the text posts on Wednesdays, and you should be seeing the videos return by mid-spring. Cheers! *** Among writers, the “as you know, Bob” trope has […]

Are Your Characters Bantering or Bickering?

This week’s video explains the important difference between characters who are bantering and characters who are bickering—and how to write both. Video Transcript: I love witty banter. I mean, really, who doesn’t, right? A little playful, quick-witted dialogue can season up any scene. Tell me there’s bantering in a book or movie, and I’m going […]

An Insanely Simple Trick for Tightening Your Dialogue

An Insanely Simple Trick for Tightening Dialogue

Dialogue is essential in storytelling. It’s what brings characters to life and drives the plot forward. However, it’s important to be mindful of tightening dialogue by cutting out any unnecessary filler that can bog down the conversation. I adore good dialogue. Funny, snappy, insightful, punchy—love it.  It’s also a ton of fun to write (whenever […]

Exclusive Dialogue: When Readers Don't Know What You're Talking About

Exclusive Dialogue: When Readers Don’t Know What Your Characters Are Talking About

A good story will provide a balance between giving readers necessary information and keeping them curious by not giving them all the info. Nowhere is this more important than in your characters’ conversations. The key is to keep the scene fresh without dragging readers into confusing exclusive dialogue. Make no mistake, this is a tough […]

Most Common Writing Mistakes: Poor Use of Dialect in Dialogue

Who doesn’t love a good accent? British, Indian, French, Spanish, Irish, Australian, South African, and Japanese actors, among many others, all bring added spice to their roles on the American big screen. And I suspect the same holds true in reverse (when I visited Australia several years ago, someone told me she loved my accent, which was a […]

8 Tips for Awesome Dialogie

8 Tips for Awesome Dialogue

Dialogue is one of the most important and also one of the most difficult aspects of a story. That is because dialogue is such a common occurrence in readers’ lives. Just as badly done animation of people is creepy, badly written dialogue comes off as fake and vaguely menacing. There is nothing worse to read than a […]

An Insanely Simple Trick for Tightening Your Dialogue

2 Steps to Streamlining Your Dialogue

This post is by Don McNair. Not long ago I was a guest at a writing group’s critiquing session. Five members distributed pages they wanted critiqued and, one by one, read their submissions. When the third reader started, I glanced over her pages. Every piece of dialogue was at least eight to ten lines long, and some reached a […]

Don’t Forget the Dialogue

For many of us, dialogue is one of the most enjoyable parts to write in any story—which makes it kind of surprising that we can sometimes end up neglecting it to a story’s detriment. Today, I’d like to use as an example one of C.S. Forester’s little-known works, Rifleman Dodd. This is a tiny book […]