The Book of Dialogue: How to Write Effective Conversation in Fiction, Screenplays, Drama, and Poetry / Edition 1

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Originally published in 1989, this revised and expanded edition focuses on the art and craft of writing effective dialogue in fiction, cinema, television, drama, radio, and poetry.

Turco’s unique technique teaches by showing: he creates a Socratic dialogue as the form of the book itself. Says the author, "Plato wrote lies in order to tell the truth. That’s what a fiction writer does and has always done."

The book covers how to:
• Write dialogue that is believable as conversation—carefully selected, paced, and organized.
• Break up dialogue at strategic places with action, replies, scene-setting and other elements vital to telling your story.
• Balance dialogue and other story elements
• Dramatize conflict through dialogue.
• Use dialogue to lay the groundwork for upcoming events in the story.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584653615
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 699,518
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 7.48 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

• Chapter 1 Definitions — Savants — Bordello
• Chapter 2 Speech in Narration — An Old-Fashioned Kind of Guy — One Sunday Morning — The Man in the Booth — Pleasant Dell
• Chapter 3 Diction — Scot on the Rocks
• Chapter 4 Types of Speech — Pocoangelini — Barrow Yard — Shipmates
• Chapter 5 Genre Dialogue — Murgatroyd Tries Agiain — The Museum of Ordinary People
• Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2005

    Borrow from a library

    Let me save you some time and money. If you absolutely feel compelled to read this book, check it out from the library - then skip to the last chapter. Everything Lewis Turco has worth saying is summed up there. My copy is 111 pages long - I highlighted 7 statements in the entire book, 4 of which only reinforced what I already knew. I wish I could get back the hours I forced myself to finish this piece of garbage. For the life of me, I can't understand why publishers keep printing this book. I've read better articles about dialogue by amateur writers online. Why'd they pick this guy to write this book? Most of what he has published is non-fiction or poetry. Many of the few fiction books he's published were co-authored.

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