Unlike the chitchat of everyday life, dialogue 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 that listeners 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.
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- Craig S.
WOW, listen, read, absorb. You can master dialog n
You Talkin to Me? empowers great dialog creation. Clear, deep, broad, elegant. I listened and am now reading for my podcast creation, slogans, and advertising spots. I may even crack open the file of an old screenplay. Each chapter defines and expands a different aspect of characters communicating to enliven theme and expand dramatic and comedic tension. Lots of real screen dialog gems and analysis of writers providing samples and getting feedback. Not just screen writing but plays, novels, even poetry. WOW, listen, read, absorb. You can master dialog now. Craig Cornell.
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