- 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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."
"A book on dialogue?"
"That's it?" He shifted to face her, popped a spicy tuna roll into his cheek. "An entire book. Nothing about plot. Or theme."
"Nope, not really." She studied his grimace. "Well, yes, there's some of that but, no, it's really about the conversations."
"The insights. The necessary ingredients to a good page of dialogue. How important it is to the whole work."
He kept chewing. Nodded with understanding.
"How's your sushi?" she said.
"Great. Want a bite?"
She sipped the wine. "No, thanks."
"When to cut it. Leave it alone."
He looked at the gyoza on her plate. "You going to eat that?"
This book was the best that I have read on dialogue yet. Chiarella writes with a simple style that feels like you're actually talking to him about dialogue while sitting over a cup of coffee. At the end of each chapter he provides a few exercises to practice the ideas that he talked about.
Pay particular attention to his first chapter on learning how to listen, and his "Nuts and Bolts" chapter. His chapter on "Writing for Radio, TV and Movies," provides some good ideas even if you are not writing for that medium. This is one of the better texts on writing, and I will hold on to this one for some time.
The first book: Writing Dialogue, by Tom Chiarella, discusses listening and the importance of jotting. There are excellent examples, and challenging exercises that really drive the point. During the first chapter, I had already begun to dog-ear my pages!
Writing Dialogue is nearly a writing course with a cover. It describes just how important the meaning is of each word in a dialogue situation, how important silence is, and what holds it all together. After reading this book and trying some of the exercises suggested, I realized exactly what Tom Chiarella was trying to teach. The first exercise alone was quite difficult, but very exciting to go back and review the out come of it. A+ book!
The second book in this set: Creating Character Emotions, by Ann Hood, is an amazing tutorial on how to make your readers FEEL what the character is feeling. This book is arranged so that nearly each chapter is a different emotion. Examples are displayed in a bad vs. good approach. I really like to see the bad example first because when you read the good example you can really tell the difference.
Some of the emotions covered in Creating Character Emotions are: anger, anxiety, confusion, gratitude, curiosity, fear, sadness, desire, grief, and there are so many more. If you have ever felt it...it is covered in this book. Another A+ book!
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