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How to Write a Script With Dialogue That Doesn't Suck: Book 3 of the ScriptBully Screenwriting Series (ScriptBully Book Series) Kindle Edition
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Rogan explains that characters very rarely say what they're actually thinking, so learning how to dance around the truth of a scene is the best thing to do. One of his exercises asks you to figure out what's the most important point of the scene, and then make VERY, VERY sure that no one is allowed to say it. Perfect. Or, better yet, find out the one thing the hero would desperately like to say, and then put that information into the mouth of the antagonist, making it into an attack. Also a great idea.
With plenty of other tips for tightening up your dialogue, including the ever-important "Read it aloud!", this book is practically guaranteed to help whip your characters' speeches and one-liners into shape with a little thought and lots of practice.
I thought the Batman/Joker scene really cemented for me a particular point he made about what a protagonist should never say versus what the antagonist gets to say, and I believe it's permanently changed the way I "hear" dialogue. Not just in my own writing, but in others' as well.
This book is light on prompts, but the ones he provides are really all you need to get going. I wasn't even done reading the book before I grabbed pen and paper to put these prompts to use. At the low price of $2.99, this book is a steal. Grab it.
After I read it once I then went back to it and took notes and notes and notes.
Just get it, read it, stay with it and keep it - you will go back to it, I promise.
I also picked up his five book package after reading this one and I didn't sleep last night.
Best investment I have made in my writing for a very long time. I could have saved a shirtload of money if I'd stumbled on Michael Rogan's work twenty years ago.
Let's face it, unless you're some kind of prodigy, the only way you're going to write good scripts is to write a LOT. But without guidance, you might be writing a lot of crap and not even know it. Then you'll develop some bad habits that will be hard to break. It's books like this that will guide you in the right direction. Rogan hits all the basics of dialog writing. Every scriptwriter needs to know this stuff. This book is a very good start for all beginning and intermediate writers.
As far as the content goes, I believe it to mostly be pretty solid advice. Rogan's advice on writing dialogue is pretty good for a beginner screenwriter to read. It's very basic stuff: read your dialogue out loud, keep a folder of cool dialogue from your favorite movies handy as inspiration.
I was dissatisfied with this book's repetitive nature. The chapters here are very short, so there really isn't a need for a "key takeaways" bullet list at the end of each chapter. This attempt to pad the book made me sort of irritated since if it were sold/advertised as a pamphlet or what have you, I would be fine, but it masquerading as a novella-length manual is sort of intellectually dishonest.
if you have never written a script before. I would definitely advise buying the scriptbully collection. it's got some good advice. if you've written a script before and know enough to want to seek out a book like this, you probably know everything that it has to tell you.
You can read it in a half hour, but I guarantee you will be revisiting it time and time again. It very succinctly says what many other screenwriting books simply gloss over, and is an easy recommendation to any aspiring writer.