Writing Dialogue / Edition 1

Writing Dialogue / Edition 1

by Tom Chiarella
     
 

ISBN-10: 1884910327

ISBN-13: 2901884910325

Pub. Date: 02/28/1998

Publisher: F+W Media

Characters need to speak to each other. Tom Chiarella shows you how. Whether it's an argument, a love scene, a powwow among sixth graders or scientists in a lab, this book demonstrates how to write dialogue that sounds authentic and original. You'll learn ways to find ideas for literary discussions by tuning in to what you hear every day. You'll learn to use gestures…  See more details below

Overview

Characters need to speak to each other. Tom Chiarella shows you how. Whether it's an argument, a love scene, a powwow among sixth graders or scientists in a lab, this book demonstrates how to write dialogue that sounds authentic and original. You'll learn ways to find ideas for literary discussions by tuning in to what you hear every day. You'll learn to use gestures instead of speech, to insert silences that are as effective as outbursts, to add shifts in tone, and other strategies for making conversations more compelling. Nuts and bolts are covered, too - formatting, punctuation, dialogue tags - everything you need to get your characters talking.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901884910325
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1Listening, Jotting, Crowding3
Ch. 2The Direction of Dialogue: Examples and Possibilities19
Ch. 3Dialogue and Character39
Ch. 4Compression57
Ch. 5On Silence77
Ch. 6Radio, TV, Movies: Seeing, Listening, Reading95
Ch. 7Using Dialogue to Create Stories116
Ch. 8Nuts and Bolts130
Afterword151
Appendix152
Index168

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