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The Write It Right Series: Dialogue Dynamics Paperback – September 24, 2012
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About the Author
Tristi Pinkston is the Silver Quill Award-winning author of Secret Sisters, as well as thirteen other novels and self-help books. She has also penned over two thousand articles for the Internet. Her work as a freelance editor allows her to do something she loves—mentor writers on their journey to publication. She is the mother of four amazing children and the wife of one incredible husband, and loves spending her free time trying recipes no one will eat, scrapbooking, and taking really, really long naps.
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Big things come in small packages, and Dialogue Dynamics is the perfect example. I don’t know why it took me so long to find this jewel. Dialogue Dynamics is the first book I’ve read in, The Write it Right Series, but it will not be the last.
Writing dialogue is one of the more challenging things writers do. This book breaks it down into bite size pieces with excellent examples. The author discusses the purpose, the elements, punctuation, and presentation of dialogue in a succinct and to the point manner.
Only 72 pages, this an easy to read, Dialogue Dynamics is an excellent reference guide for how to write believable and dynamic dialogue. This book is one of those resources every writer ought to have on their shelves.
Dialogue Dynamics (The Write It Right Series)
* What is the purpose of dialogue?
* What should it sound like?
* How is it punctuated?
* What are the necessary elements that go along with dialogue?
* How do all the elements combine to make a story?
I found her comments on speech tags and the controversy over the use of "said" interesting. Some writers claim that you should never use the word. Others insist that "said" is the only appropriate speech tag.
Are you confused about internal dialogue? Tristi explains what it is and how to handle it.
Although I disagree with a couple of minor points, the disagreement is based purely on my personal preferences.
The Kindle version doesn't have a table of contents, which makes navigation a bit problematic. However emulating Mel B, I must say that the rest of the formatting is "spot on".
Table of contents aside, the book is a great read for beginning authors and experienced authors who could use a new viewpoint.
Dialogue Dynamics by Tristi Pinkston is the perfect book for anybody trying to write better dialogue. One thing I really like (no, love) about this book is that there was no needless filler. So many books go on and on, beating a topic to death, only to fill up space and add to their word count. Not this book. This book got to the point, taught everything there is to know on dialogue, gave excellent examples, and covered the entire subject in a succinct, yet detailed and thorough, way. I very rarely read a book in one sitting, but I did with this book. When I got to the end, I thought, "Wow, that was quick," but I could not think of anything this book did not cover. Perfect! It is also a perfect length so that I can read it again when I'm suffering on some dialogue writing.
If you are looking to improve your dialogue in your writing, you can't go wrong giving this a read. It is informative and Tristi makes so much more entertaining with her witty sense of humor. I can't imagine a better book.
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