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Dialogue: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Effective Dialogue (Write Great Fiction Series) Paperback – October 26, 2004
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About the Author
Gloria Kempton (born 1951) is an American author of ten books, including Write Great Fiction: Dialogue.
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In terms of criticism, a couple of items come to mind.
First, the author reminds us repeatedly that she is a writing coach and dialogue comes easy for her. Once is okay to establish credibility. By the fifth time, it was irritating.
Second, the book is clearly written with the textbook market in mind. That's okay, but the textbook feel made it seem less professional to read -- like taking a class at the community center.
Third, the "what to do" was emphasized over the "how to do it." That is, this is designed as a textbook to be read under instruction not as a how-to self-paced manual.
Overall, I thought Kempton did a nice job with this book. It won't be for everyone, but I personally found several worthwhile bits of advice that I will incorporate into future projects. If I were teaching a creative writing class, I would definitely consider this item as a supplementary textbook.
She introduces tools such as the Enneagram, on which I have done more research. This book is one that needs to be read and studied over and over, and you will enjoy most if not all of it. This along with Jack Bickham's scene and Structure are at the top of my list of resources.
Thank you Ms. Kempton
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The titles are poor: example "Tightning the tension and suspense: dialogue that intensifies conflict" .Read more