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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.
Posted November 7, 2005
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.