- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Story Press (February 15, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1884910327
- ISBN-13: 978-1884910326
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Petty reason, but shopping for the best dialogue books while on a budget, I wanted polished, professional, useful books.
Useful- that's what this book is, and all those other books weren't. Finally I've found a book on dialogue I can recommend without reservation.
Why did I sour on the other books I tried?
Some had virtually no insight, and were merely a litany of obvious statements larded with endless, inane exercises. On the other end of the spectrum were faux-intellectual academic bricks, enduring testament to the literary pretensions of their authors.
If you want a straightforward, feet-on-the-ground useful book on writing fictional dialogue, this works. It covers characterization, compression, different styles of dialogue and what they're used for, the application of silences...
Tom Chiarella gives us the goods without going into mind-numbing detail. If you're a writer looking to sharpen up your dialogue or get some fresh insight on what you're doing, this is a good pick.
Helpful and not overburdened.
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"Writing Dialogue by Tom Chiarella." She picked up her wineglass. Crossed her legs and leaned back into the chair. "I had no idea."Read more