Dynamic Dialogue: Techniques for Putting Dialogue to Work

Dynamic Dialogue: Techniques for Putting Dialogue to Work

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Dialogue is the lifeblood of fiction. Strong dialogue enhances the plot, develops character, advances the story, sets a tone, and much more. Weak dialogue, though, can pull a reader out of a story in a heartbeat. In order to master the use of dialogue in fiction, you need to study. Study novels, movies, and screenplays; study how your friends and family members interact; and study the strangers having conversations around you. Once you understand how people speak, you can start to craft realistic dialogue that hooks the reader in and moves your plot. In this tutorial, you'll learn about essential techniques and tools of dialogue and how to put them to work effectively in your story.

This tutorial is taught by Cheryl St. John (cherylstjohn.net). Cheryl is the author of numerous novels, both historical and contemporary, print and indie published. Her stories have earned numerous RITA nominations, Romantic Times awards, and are published in over a dozen languages. One thing all reviewers and readers agree on regarding Cheryl's work is the degree of emotion and believability. Words like heart-warming, emotional depth, touches your soul, tugs your heart, endearing characters, and on my keeper shelf are commonly used to describe her work. Her bestselling nonfiction book, Writing With Emotion, Tension, & Conflict is available from Writer's Digest Books in digital and print formats.

In this 53-minute tutorial video, you'll learn:

  • The differences between the way that men and women talk
  • How to control pacing by increasing and decreasing tension
  • What dialogue for a strong protagonist and worthy antagonist looks like
  • The importance of using proper dialogue tags
  • How to create subtext between lines of dialogue
  • The significance of method writing to flesh out your characters