147 of 153 people found the following review helpful
Finally, an Excellent Dialogue Book,
This review is from: Dialogue: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Effective Dialogue (Write Great Fiction Series) (Paperback)
I was worried there was no such thing as a decent dialogue book. I wanted to buy "Dialogue" from the "Elements of Fiction Writing" series but the reviews were horrible. I instead bought "Writing Dialogue". The book was horrible, a waste of time and money. I was starting to think there was no such thing as a decent dialogue book. Perhaps no more than one or two dozen pages could be written on the subject.
Gloria Kempton in her excellent "Dialogue" book from the new "Write Great Fiction" series from the excellent "Writer's Digest Books" publisher laid my fears to rest. I was very jaded from my horrible experiance with "Writing Dialogue" and read this book with a very poor attitude to start. As the chapters went by, I found my self liking the book and learning excellent points. By the time I got to chapter five, Narrative, Dialogue, and Action, she had won me over.
I learned much from her. Some highlights:
Make your scenes three dimensional. Narration, action, dialogue.
Don't bother with huge multi-page descriptions of your charactors to get a handle on their emotions and drives. All humans fall into nine catagories. Place your charactors in one of these catagories and 90 percent of your work is done. I am number five, the observer. My wife is number nine, the peacemaker.
To really get to know a charactor write a few page monolog of them speaking to you.
The power of dialogue to do many things, quicken the pace, add excitement and emotion, touch the reader's heartstrings, control the scope of the novel.
Different types of novels and the type of dialogue they require.
A must buy by anyone serious about writing.
PS I have had excellent results from the "Writer's Digest Books" publisher. I have most of their "Elements of Fiction Writing Books" and an working on getting all of their new "Write Great Fiction" books. They seemed to have kicked it up a few notches with this new series. Top notch stuff!
Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-1 of 1 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Sep 26, 2013 11:54:30 AM PDT
Sara E. Davies says:
It does seem hard to find anything good on dialogue, but this book was recommended to me by a writing teacher so I might check it out - good to know it offers something concrete and actionable.
A great book: "Stein on Writing" - he has a section on dialogue, how to give subtext, make it provocative. It's a great reference for all self-editing concerns. He is a master at creating unique first-person monologues and dialogue that makes each character come alive. Check out his novel "The Best Revenge."
‹ Previous 1 Next ›