You Talkin to Me

Pre-publication subtitle: Writing great dialogue.

Author: Linda Seger

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ISBN: 1615933131

Category: Performing Arts

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Unlike the chitchat of everyday life, dialogue in stories must express character, advance the story, suggest a theme, and include a few memorable lines that audiences will be quoting for decades to come.The best stories have dialogue that sparkles, but it's easy for inexperienced writers to fall into common pitfalls like creating dialogue that's wooden or too on the nose. Other writers end up with exposition awkwardly inserted into conversations, actors tripping over unnatural phrases, or characters who all speak exactly the same way. In You Talkin' to Me?, Linda Seger and John Winston Rainey are here to help with all your dialogue problems. In each chapter, they explore dialogue from a different angle and discuss examples of great dialogue from films and novels. To cap it all off, each chapter ends with examples of poor dialogue, which are annotated by Linda and then rewritten by John, so readers don't just learn how to recognize when it's done well--they also learn how to make dialogue better. Whether you're writing fiction or nonfiction, for the screen or for the page, this book will get your characters talking.

Write Great Fiction Dialogue

It's packed with innovative exercises and instruction designed to teach you how to: • Create dialogue that drives the story • Weave dialogue with narrative and action • Write dialogue that fits specific genres • Avoid the common ...

Author: Gloria Kempton

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781582976839

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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Craft Compelling Dialogue When should your character talk, what should (or shouldn't) he say, and when should he 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 without the laconic wit of the Terminator? Write Great Fiction: Dialogue by successful author and instructor Gloria Kempton has the answers to all of these questions and more! It's packed with innovative exercises and instruction designed to teach you how to: • Create dialogue that drives the story • Weave dialogue with narrative and action • Write dialogue that fits specific genres • Avoid the common pitfalls of writing dialogue • Make dialogue unique for each character Along with dozens of dialogue excerpts from today's most popular writers, Write Great Fiction: Dialogue gives you the edge you need to make your story stand out from the rest.

Writing Compelling Dialogue for Film and TV

This book provides writers with an assortment of dialogue and language tools, techniques, and exercises and teaches them how to perceive and understand the function, intent and thematic/psychological elements that dialogue can convey about ...

Author: Loren-Paul Caplin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 036725686X

Category: Dialogue in motion pictures

Page: 214

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Writing Compelling Dialogue for Film and TV is a practical guide that provides you, the screenwriter, with a clear set of exercises, tools, and methods to raise your ability to hear and discern conversation at a more complex level, in turn allowing you to create better, more nuanced, complex and compelling dialogue. The process of understanding dialogue writing begins with increasing writers' awareness of what they hear. This book provides writers with an assortment of dialogue and language tools, techniques, and exercises and teaches them how to perceive and understand the function, intent and thematic/psychological elements that dialogue can convey about character, tone, and story. Text, subtext, voice, conflict, exposition, rhythm and style are among the many aspects covered. This book reminds us of the sheer joy of great dialogue and will change and enhance the way writers hear, listen to, and write dialogue, and along the way aid the writers' confidence in their own voice allowing them to become more proficient writers of dialogue. Written by veteran screenwriter, playwright, and screenwriting professor Loren-Paul Caplin, Writing Compelling Dialogue is an invaluable writing tool for any aspiring screenwriter who wants to improve their ability to write dialogue for film and television, as well as students, professionals, and educators.

Writing Great Fiction

Shift your attention from building characters to figuring out what they should say. Get an overview of the nuts and bolts of dialogue, from the rules of punctuation to the way writers use dialogue tags to add clarity to a conversation.

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ISBN: OCLC:1181863566

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Shift your attention from building characters to figuring out what they should say. Get an overview of the nuts and bolts of dialogue, from the rules of punctuation to the way writers use dialogue tags to add clarity to a conversation. See how what a character says can create meaning and evoke mood.

Write Great Dialogue

In this practical guide for aspiring writers of all levels, Irving Weinman, himself a published writer and well-known creative writing tutor, uses case studies to help you explore how to write good dialogue, and gives you a range of fun and ...

Author: Irving Weinman

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781473688520

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 192

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LEARN HOW TO WRITE CONVINCING AND COMPELLING DIALOGUE. Commissioning editors say good dialogue is one of the first things that make a book stand out from the crowd - and similarly, that clunky direct speech is one of the first things that will send a book straight from the slushpile to the rejections bin. But while many other aspects of writing are pored over in intense detail, there have been very few books on the art of writing successful dialogue. In this practical guide for aspiring writers of all levels, Irving Weinman, himself a published writer and well-known creative writing tutor, uses case studies to help you explore how to write good dialogue, and gives you a range of fun and challenging exercises that will help you to write great dialogue. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

How To Write Dialogue That Sparkles

NEW AND UPDATED FOR 2019 Reviews of Previous Editions: "This is a great how to on dialogue. This author clearly knows his stuff. I'm writing a book for Kindle as a first time author and this book was very helpful.

Author: Jim Driver

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 1079696059

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The surefire way to improve any novel or screenplay... Dialogue must never be dull, or else your novel or screenplay will fail. Is your dialogue holding you back? As you know, every bestselling novel or blockbuster screenplay has a great story. The other most important aspect is dazzling dialogue. Let editor, author, publisher and critic, Jim Driver show you how writing great dialogue can be fun and simple. Among the topics covered in this concise 26,000 word book: Why dialogue is so important What dialogue is, and what it shouldn't be Four tricks to let your reader know who's speaking... The correct ways to format dialogue (and some interesting ideas you might not have heard of) 8 tricks to make your dialogue instantly more appealing How to tell a story through what people say to each other How to make each and every character sound individual and interesting Ten tips that will improve any dialogue Don't struggle with dialogue any longer. You'll find all the answers you need in this entertaining and concise book. Illustrated with examples from hit screenplays and novels, ranging from Graham Greene, F. Scott Fitzgerald and P.G. Wodehouse via pulp fiction classics, to modern icons such as Breaking Bad, J.K. Rowling, and James Patterson. NEW AND UPDATED FOR 2019 Reviews of Previous Editions: "This is a great how to on dialogue. This author clearly knows his stuff. I'm writing a book for Kindle as a first time author and this book was very helpful." JJ, Amazon.com "I learnt loads from this book. I'm glad that many points and improvements were what I'd been doing already, but there's never any harm in learning more. Definitely recommending this to others!" Amazon Customer, Amazon.co.uk What are you waiting for? Make the move to drastically improve your dialogue writing skills today.

Writing Compelling Dialogue for Film and TV

For the longest time, I believed that you couldn't teach someone to write great dialogue. Like in music, how could you teach a guitar player to play as well ...

Author: Loren-Paul Caplin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000203196

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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Writing Compelling Dialogue for Film and TV is a practical guide that provides you, the screenwriter, with a clear set of exercises, tools, and methods to raise your ability to hear and discern conversation at a more complex level, in turn allowing you to create better, more nuanced, complex and compelling dialogue. The process of understanding dialogue writing begins with increasing writers’ awareness of what they hear. This book provides writers with an assortment of dialogue and language tools, techniques, and exercises and teaches them how to perceive and understand the function, intent and thematic/psychological elements that dialogue can convey about character, tone, and story. Text, subtext, voice, conflict, exposition, rhythm and style are among the many aspects covered. This book reminds us of the sheer joy of great dialogue and will change and enhance the way writers hear, listen to, and write dialogue, and along the way aid the writers’ confidence in their own voice allowing them to become more proficient writers of dialogue. Written by veteran screenwriter, playwright, and screenwriting professor Loren-Paul Caplin, Writing Compelling Dialogue is an invaluable writing tool for any aspiring screenwriter who wants to improve their ability to write dialogue for film and television, as well as students, professionals, and educators.

How to Write Great Screenplays and Get them into Production

Have you got a great idea for a screenplay, but don't know how to write it visually? Then this book is for you.

Author: Linda James

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781848034914

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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Have you got a great idea for a screenplay, but don't know how to write it visually? Then this book is for you. It will give you the vital information you need to know before you write your script; the vital techniques you need to learn when you're writing your script. But, more importantly, it will show you how to market your script after it's written. These three vitally important stages will make your script STAND OUT from the crowd. Your will learn about:- - Preparing outlines and synopses and treatments. - The Three Act Structure - Writing powerful opening scenes, and compelling scenes to follow - Techniques to make your script stand out - Writing effective dialogue - Writing a logline to use as a powerful marketing tool to interest an agent or producer. - Professional script formatting - Organisations that help screenwriters - How to copyright your work - How to market your script - The Twenty important things to check before you send out your script

Writing Great Fiction

Turn from the mechanics of dialogue to discover how it can be used to evoke character or advance the story.

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ISBN: OCLC:1181867401

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Turn from the mechanics of dialogue to discover how it can be used to evoke character or advance the story. After surveying how dialect is a powerful tool, if used carefully, Professor Hynes shows you how writers smoothly weave exposition into dialogue, and he considers the significance of what is not said in an exchange.

Write Great Dialogue

In this practical guide for aspiring writers of all levels, Irving Weinman, himself a published writer and well-known creative writing tutor, uses case studies to help you explore how to write good dialogue, and gives you a range of fun and ...

Author: Irving Weinman

Publisher: Teach Yourself

ISBN: 144417116X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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" ??Commissioning editors say good dialogue is one of the first things that make a book stand out from the crowd - and similarly, that clunky direct speech is one of the first things that will send a book straight from the slushpile to the rejections bin. But while many other aspects of writing are pored over in intense detail, there have been very few books on the art of writing successful dialogue. In this practical guide for aspiring writers of all levels, Irving Weinman, himself a published writer and well-known creative writing tutor, uses case studies to help you explore how to write good dialogue, and gives you a range of fun and challenging exercises that will help you to write great dialogue.?? "

Master Screenplay Dialogue

ARE YOU STRUGGLING TO WRITE GREAT SCREENPLAY DIALOGUE?Don't worry, we know how you feel, as learning how to write good dialogue can be one of the hardest aspects of screenwriting to master.This is the first book on writing dialogue of its ...

Author: Alex Bloom

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ISBN: 1980610673

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ARE YOU STRUGGLING TO WRITE GREAT SCREENPLAY DIALOGUE?Don't worry, we know how you feel, as learning how to write good dialogue can be one of the hardest aspects of screenwriting to master.This is the first book on writing dialogue of its kind: full of theory hacks, practical exercises and resources that will get your script's dialogue up where it needs to be.Theory Hacks. This book contains a set of three theory hacks that dispel many of the myths when it comes to writing dialogue and make it that much easier to craft conversations that sound authentic and engaging.Practical Exercises. Inside are three super hands-on, rarely discussed practical exercises used by professional screenwriters. Add these to your writing routine and watch your dialogue writing improve 100 percent.Resources Toolkit. Also included is a set of resources and worksheets that compliment the previous two sections, plus suggested further reading.Think of the book a 3 step plan to dialogue mastery1. Identify the reasons why your dialogue isn't working. One of the biggest problems aspiring screenwriters face is being able to RECOGNIZE poorly written dialogue in their own work. It can be hard to step back and look at the dialogue objectively when you're deep in the story, and so in the book we show you some practical methods you can use to do just that.2. Eliminate the main problems holding your dialogue back. We break down the three most common mistakes aspiring screenwriters make when it comes to dialogue: 1. It's too on-the-nose, 2. There's too much of it, 3. All the characters sound the same, and show you how to identify and combat each one.3. Improve your dialogue with a new weekly writing practice. Not only will the theory hacks and practical exercises help you identify and eliminate bad dialogue, they'll also provide a solid GAME PLAN on how to write interesting, effective dialogue going forward. Implement these exercises into your weekly writing routine and learn how to master dialogue.In the book will learn...How to give each one of your characters a VOICE that makes them stand out as individuals through what they say and how they say it.How to use dialogue examples from poorly written scripts to IMPROVE your own.How to write VISUALLY and use the dialogue to support a scene rather than drive it.Conversely, how to craft conversations full of subtext and layers that subtly reveal character and/or drive the scene and plot.How to know what dialogue to leave in and what to cut.How to recognize poorly written screenplay dialogue within your own script BEFORE you send it anywhere important.How to format screenplay dialogue using our definitive, no-nonsense guide.

Writing Dialogue for Scripts

Examining practical examples from film, TV, theatre and radio, this book will help aspiring and professional writers alike perfect their skills.

Author: Rib Davis

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474260084

Category: Reference

Page: 224

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A good story can easily be ruined by bad dialogue. Now in its 4th edition, Rib Davis's bestselling Writing Dialogue for Scripts provides expert insight into how dialogue works, what to look out for in everyday speech and how to use dialogue effectively in scripts. Examining practical examples from film, TV, theatre and radio, this book will help aspiring and professional writers alike perfect their skills. The 4th edition of Writing Dialogue for Scripts includes: a look at recent films, such as American Hustle and Blue Jasmine; TV shows such as Mad Men and Peaky Blinders; and the award winning play, Ruined. Extended material on use of narration within scripts (for example in Peep Show) and dialogue in verbatim scripts (Alecky Blythe's London Road) also features.

Crafting Novels Short Stories

This comprehensive book on the art of novel and short story writing is packed with advice and instruction from best-selling authors and writing experts like Nancy Kress, Elizabeth Sims, Hallie Ephron, N.M. Kelby, Heather Sellers, and Donald ...

Author: The Editors of Writer's Digest

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599635736

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 368

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Learn How to Create Stories That Captivate Agents, Editors, and Readers Alike! Inside you'll find the tools you need to build strong characters, keep your plots moving, master the art of dialogue, choose the right point of view, and more. This comprehensive book on the art of novel and short story writing is packed with advice and instruction from best-selling authors and writing experts like Nancy Kress, Elizabeth Sims, Hallie Ephron, N.M. Kelby, Heather Sellers, and Donald Maass, plus a foreword by James Scott Bell. You'll learn invaluable skills for mastering every area of the craft: • Define and refine your characters. • Make your plot and conflict high-energy and intense. • Hone your story's point of view. • Create a rich setting and backstory. • Craft dialogue that rings true. • Select the right words and descriptions throughout your story. • Revise your story to perfection. Throughout you'll find supplemental sections that cover special topics like getting started, beating writer's block, researching your work, and getting published. They'll help you integrate your skills into a balanced, productive, and fulfilling career. Whether you're writing flash fiction, a short story, a novel, or an epic trilogy, you'll come away with the tools you need for strong and effective storytelling.

The Dialogue of Writing

And both are also inseparably connected with the great dialogue of the novel as a whole.” Just as the word is appropriated “horizontally” by an emitter and ...

Author: Christie McDonald

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 9780889207080

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 126

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To the extent that writing has long been considered a substitute for "living" conversation, dialogue has been a quintessential metaphor for language as communication. This volume closely analyzes dialogue, both as a literary genre and as a critical principle underlying the works of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Diderot. In her analysis, the author examines relationships between texts and writers, between texts and readers, and between texts and other texts (intertextuality). Drawing extensively upon deconstructionist critical sources, as well as upon sociological and anthropological explorations of reading and writing, this volume provides valuable insight into the wonderfully complex acts of writing and reading, the "dialogue of writing." Of interest to students of eighteenth-century French literature, this work is alsoimportant to those interested in contemporary literary criticisms, its theory and practice, as well as to students of Barthes, Derrida, and Beneviste. The volume also presents fascinating applications of the the though of Claude Lévi-Strauss.

Writing Dialogue for Scripts

Dialogue where a character is self-deceiving can be particularly effective, and this is frequently seen in comedy (although it can be tremendously powerful ...

Author: Rib Davis

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474260091

Category: Reference

Page: 224

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A good story can easily be ruined by bad dialogue. Now in its 4th edition, Rib Davis's bestselling Writing Dialogue for Scripts provides expert insight into how dialogue works, what to look out for in everyday speech and how to use dialogue effectively in scripts. Examining practical examples from film, TV, theatre and radio, this book will help aspiring and professional writers alike perfect their skills. The 4th edition of Writing Dialogue for Scripts includes: a look at recent films, such as American Hustle and Blue Jasmine; TV shows such as Mad Men and Peaky Blinders; and the award winning play, Ruined. Extended material on use of narration within scripts (for example in Peep Show) and dialogue in verbatim scripts (Alecky Blythe's London Road) also features.

Thanks But This Isn t for Us

A (Sort of) Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing is Being Rejected ... Some contemporary novelists and screenwriters who write great dialogue come to ...

Author: Jessica Page Morrell

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101135532

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 368

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A fun, practical guide that reveals the essentials of good fiction and memoir writing by exposing the most common mistakes literary writers make. All great works of fiction and memoir are unique-but most bad novels, stories, and memoirs have a lot in common. From clunky dialogue to poorly sketchedout characters, sagging pacing to exaggerated prose, these beginners' mistakes drive any agent or editor to their stock rejection letter, telling the aspiring writer "Thanks, but this isn't for us," and leaving many to wonder what exactly it is that they're doing wrong. Veteran writing coach, developmental editor, and writing instructor Jessica Page Morrell will fill in the gaps in every rejection letter you've ever received. In Thanks, But This Isn't for Us, Morrell uses her years of experience to isolate the specific errors beginners make, including the pitfalls of unrealistic dialogue, failing to "show, not tell," and over-the-top plot twists. These are just a few of the problems that keep writers from breaking through with their work. Sympathetic and humane, but pulling no punches, Thanks, But This Isn't for Us shows writers precisely where they've gone wrong and how to get on the right track. In sixteen to-the-point chapters, with checklists, exercises, takeaway tips, and a glossary, Morrell helps readers transcend these mistakes so that they don't have to learn the hard way: with another rejection letter.

Just Effing Entertain Me A Screenwriter s Atlas

You're gonna need a bigger boat The ability to write great dialogue is a quality that will set you apart as a writer. Good dialogue writers are sought after ...

Author: Julie Gray

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781304404831

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 270

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A comprehensive guide to screenwriting with proven methods to help you test your ideas BEFORE you write your script, outlining tricks that make every page fascinating, chapters on character development, dialogue, theme and so much more. Includes the top 200 movies you MUST see if you wish to write for entertainment and chapters on how to get an agent in Hollywood. One of the most valuable, complete books on screenwriting available today. Recommended by Hollywood professionals.

Dialogue on Writing

Rethinking Esl, Basic Writing, and First-year Composition Geraldine DeLuca, ... VISIONS OF THE FUTURE The great disparity among the levels of technology ...

Author: Geraldine DeLuca

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135647520

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 504

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Designed for courses on theories and methods of teaching college writing, this text is distinguished by its emphasis on giving teachers a foundation of knowledge for teaching writing to a diverse student body. As such, it is equally relevant for teacher training in basic writing, ESL, and first year composition, the premise being that in most colleges and universities today teachers of each of these types of courses encounter similar student populations and teaching challenges. Many instructors compile packets of articles for this course because they cannot find an appropriate collection in one volume. This text fills that gap. It includes in one volume: *the latest thinking about teaching and tutoring basic writing, ESL, and first year composition students; *seminal articles, carefully selected to be accessible to those new to the field, by classic authors in the field of composition and ESL, as well as a number of new voices; *attention to both theory and practice, but with an emphasis on practice; and *articles about non-traditional students, multiculturalism, and writing across the disciplines. The text includes suggestions for pedagogy and invitations for exploration to engage readers in reflection and in applications to their own teaching practice.