by Joni Fisher
We’ve all slogged through novels with boring, predictable, or chit-chat dialogue. In many genres, dialogue makes up half of the novel, so dialogue can make or break your bond with readers. These topics are covered in the workshop:
- Identify the purposes and limitations of dialogue.
- Infuse dialogue with conflict. Make each conversation matter. One acting technique and nine elements show how to enliven any dialogue ranging from polite debates to violent confrontations.
- Construct dialogue with depth of meaning that flows at two levels.
- Fine tune dialogue to create suspense and raise questions in the reader’s mind.
- Transform predictable exchanges into memorable, fresh dialogue using a simple creativity technique.
- Craft believable, dynamic conversations that cut to the chase. Apply the less-is-more adage to dialogue. Learn when to summarize and use fragment quotes.
- Talk the talk. Individualize characters through dialogue using any of eleven revealing markers. See how to conduct field research for dialogue.
- Apply the stimulus/response pattern to maintain clarity of action in a scene.
- Use dialogue tags, action tags and thought tags to show character’s goals, motivations and conflicts.
- Format and punctuate dialogue properly.
- Q&A and return of critiques.