When I started writing fiction, I found dialogue to be one of the hardest things to write. It’s rarely used outside of a fiction context, and I spent a lot of time learning all about it. I still do! Today I’m thrilled to be discussing how to improve dialogue with James Scott Bell.
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James Scott Bell is the best-selling and award-winning author of thriller novels, zombie legals, historical romance, and lots and lots of books on the craft of writing. He’s a professional speaker, teaching novel-writing and other skills for writers, and his latest book is “How to Write Dazzling Dialogue.”
- Why is dialogue so important anyway? Can’t we just write lots of paragraphs with no one talking to each other?
- Overuse of names and differentiating voices
- How to learn about dialogue by listening and other techniques
- Beware of stereotypes in characters
- Weaving action into dialogue
- Bad language and guidelines for swear words
- Humor in dialogue
- On James’ fiction – he writes across multiple genres