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Dialogue (Busy Writer's Guides) (Volume 3)

by Marcy Kennedy

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A must-have for writing realistic, effective dialogue...

As writers, we're told to make every word count. Writing dialogue is no exception. We must make interactions between characters interesting while continuing to move the story forward. Sluggish dialogue can weigh an otherwise good story down and make our readers hesitant to turn the page, much less finish the book (or proceed on to the next).

In "How to Write Dialogue," Marcy Kennedy shows us how to write clean, concise dialogue, starting with the basics (e.g. proper formatting of dialogue and the difference between tags and beats), then moves on to using it to reveal our characters' personalities and their relationships to other characters and to build tension in the story, etc.—all while advancing the plot.

Kennedy provides relevant examples along the way, along with a "Take It to the Page" section at the end of each chapter for applying the principles she's outlined, which is especially handy for writers starting rewrites or edits (and my favorite takeaway).

Another favorite? "How to Write Dialogue" can be read quickly and implemented immediately. If you're writing any form of dialogue, make sure Kennedy's book is part of your reference library.
  HarleyChristensen | Mar 1, 2014 |
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