How can we write authentic and engaging character dialogue? How can we incorporate sub-text that deepens our writing? Jeff Elkins, The Dialogue Doctor explains more in this interview.
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Jeff Elkins is the author of 12 thriller and mystery novels, as well as over 100 short stories. He's also a ghostwriter, dialogue editor, and a podcaster at the Dialogue Doctor Podcast.
You can listen above or on your favorite podcast app or read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below.
- How getting fired started Jeff’s writing career and how he now manages multiple streams of income
- The two biggest mistakes writers make with dialogue
- Ways to research authentic voices
- How to use subtext in dialogue
- How dialogue helps readers connect with characters
- Making choices about swearing in dialogue based on who your readers are
You can find Jeff Elkins at DialogueDoctor.com and on Twitter @Jffelkins