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- Print Length: 160 pages
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- Publisher: First Strike Productions (October 28, 2011)
- Publication Date: October 28, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0060SHUIQ
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Dialogue Secrets (Screenwriting Blue Books Book 10) Kindle Edition
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In this ebook Bill explains how to avoid on-the-nose dialogue like "How are you?", "Fine. How about you?" etc. That kind of obvious exchanges will kill a screenplay no matter what. In Hollywood parlance that's also known as "laying the pipe." It's the kind of expository speech that you should steer away at all costs.
I suspect some people are born with a golden ear. Whatever they write, sounds right and natural. But rest of us must study and learn to write dialogue that flows like honey yet buzzes like a bee. That's where Bill comes in.
Martell explains many ways in which you can make your characters speak in a convincing yet intriguing and engaging fashion. Some of the sections included address interesting dialogue-writing issues like jargon and slang, "lame confessions", "bumper sticker dialogue", voice overs, how to write text with sub-text, how to create suspense, the issue of foreign tongues, how to dance around the subject, and many many more. Most of the sections are accompanied with examples and writing exercises as well.
To lift your dialogue writing skills to a whole'nuther orbit, use this book as your booster rocket. When you finish it, you'll wonder why you haven't read it earlier.
I have two more dialogue books in my queue, but I can tell you that none of the other books I've read so far ever came close to explaining the technical side of dialogue. They have always left me feeling vexed and frustrated (see some of my other reviews, like Stein on Writing). But not so with this book. Reading it was satisfying. I've gained some real insight into the process, insight I looked for in many of the famous story seminars that float around Hollywood like fecal matter in a cesspool, where none of them had a clue how to make conversations work. This is the real deal, and will get you where you're going.
While I know you may be skeptical to buy a book from someone who didn't write ET or The Godfather, don't let that get in your way, Bill has a gift of understanding how film elements function, and conveying that insight through his books. I'm now reading The Secrets of Action Screenwriting, and it's also informative way beyond the conventional books and seminars.Read more ›
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I downloaded this book after watching an interview on Film Courage. Mr. Martel will save you a lot of time and effort in writing dialogue. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bryan Hinds
Though dialogue may be the first things that's cut in a spec script it's still an important part of cinema and storytelling. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's not easy writing effective dialogue. This book will help.Published 7 months ago by Cleveland O. McLeish
The brief feedback I received from the first narrative script I wrote (a short) said that my dialogue was "very on-the-nose". Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rachel Sheridan
Dialogue is tricky beast. I loved this book and all the ideas packed inside. It feels like I should have paid so much more for all the time this book saved me.Published 12 months ago by Robin Grossman
Writing effective dialogue is an art. William Martell provides screenwriters with 40 excellent pieces of advice to help ensure your dialogue propels your story in a way that is... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mitch
Entertaining and insightful. It really breaks down the art of writing great dialogue. I am excited to read more in this series.Published 20 months ago by Jonathan M. Sautter
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