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Write Great Fiction: Dialogue
Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Effective Dialogue
by Gloria Kempton
Writer’s Digest Books, 2004
$16.99 paperback, 240 pages
About the Book
What’s the trick to deciding when your character should talk, what he should say, and when he should—or shouldn’t—say it? How do you know when dialogue—or the lack thereof—is dragging down your scene? How do you fix a character who speaks with the laconic wit of the Terminator?
Write Great Fiction: Dialogue by Gloria Kempton has the answers to all of these questions and more! It’s packed with innovative exercises and instruction designed to teach writers how to:
- Overcome their fears of writing dialogue
- Create dialogue that drives the story
- Weave dialogue with narrative and action
- Use dialogue as a way to pace a story
- Avoid the common pitfalls of writing dialogue
- Make dialogue unique for each character
Along with dozens of dialogue excerpts from some of today’s most popular writers, Write Great Fiction: Dialogue gives writers the edge they need to make their work stand out from the rest.
Your story doesn’t stop with dialogue, so be sure to check out the rest of the Write Great Fiction series, which covers all the essentials for writing fiction—plot, characters, viewpoint, setting, description, and more!