- By Tom Chiarella

Writing Dialogue

  • Title: Writing Dialogue
  • Author: Tom Chiarella
  • ISBN: 9781884910326
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Paperback
  • Writing Dialogue 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 dial

    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 insteCharacters 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 compelling Nuts and bolts are covered, too formatting, punctuation, dialogue tags everything you need to get your characters talking.

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    1. When it comes to writing, I have heard, "Learn the rules, then you can break them." Tom Chiarella tells us he is only offering advice on writing dialogue, not rules. He advises us to listen to dialogue. Listen to our family, friends and, even, movies. We are to jot down what we hear and use it to create new dialogue. He advises comparing the dialogue in a book to its screen play. Last, we come to the final chapter titled Nuts and Bolts. In this chapter we learn about dialogue tags, adverbs, pres [...]

    2. A wonderful look at writing dialogue. I got heaps from this book - learned lots about veracity and producing meaningful dialogue. Entertainingly written, too. A definite essential for a writer, I'd say. Contains plenty of exercises, and some fabulous insights on things like silence, what is not said, plus basic nuts and bolts practicalities. It's pretty short, only reason I gave it less than five stars. I wanted more!

    3. I've been reading a lot of books about writing technique--only posting the good ones here. This was entertaining to read and informative. Chiarella doesn't bog the reader down with his own set of rules, instead he skillfully and humorously explains what works in dialogue and what doesn't. Also buried within are other valuable insights about writing. Recommended.

    4. This is the first (reference) book I picked up on my own (perhaps the first in this category that I've read?) and I really did learn alot more than I had expected to.Some bits were slightly repetitive, and I guess I didn't rate this higher as I wouldn't have minded it to be more impartial. (though I do get that the book is purely the author's genuine opinions and advice, and that the content offered is subjective.)There (supposedly) aren't any hard and fast rules when it comes to writing, but I [...]

    5. This is a nice little guide to writing dialogue in fiction. Chiaralla's focus is on listening to real people talk, how they talk, what they say - emphasizing any dialogue your write is from the characters perspective rather than the writer's or for the benefit for the reader.There are a number of techniques for doing this, and a excellent last chapter on dialogue tags, and punctuation. Most informative

    6. The best thing about this book is it demolishes your notions of dialogue, of listening, of silence— and restructures the way you see friends, family, and creative media. "Writing Dialogue," while thorough, also moves with both lighthearted examples and biting wit. By far one of the best books on writing that I've read.

    7. Very helpful dialogue tips here, for any writer! Beware of a few profanities, however.It includes exercises at the end of each chapter that seem helpful, but I have yet to try them. I look forward to doing so, and implementing his fresh suggestions into my own writing.

    8. This book on writing dialogue is chock-full of useful exercises and applicable skills and techniques. Everything is communicated clearly and supported with examples. I liked it so much, I actually bought myself a copy for future reference.

    9. If you like books about writing, this is a good one. It's clear and helpful. It's not so much into cheerleading the fledgling authors as teaching the tricks of dialogue. It's very focused, so you are given tons and tons ideas for just dialogue. It's a tad dry, but good.

    10. This was a very helpful book. The descriptions and examples were excellent. I think many of the exercises in this book would be helpful for those who are not interesting in writing fiction. They would make you more observant. Help you enjoy the life around you more.

    11. Si ya es malo que haya pocos libros sobre cómo escribir diálogos, peor es que uno de ellos sea una masturbación constante del autor salpicada por algunas pistas de escaso interés.

    12. Great stuff. Clear and valuable advice, meaningful exercises. I'll definitely return to this book in the future.

    13. So good, I was just about squealing by page five. And you can tell that 95% of the fiction authors and screenplay writers out there have NOT read this book.

    14. To me, the characters are what makes a story, so dialogue is one of the most critical elements of fiction writing. This book covers all aspects of dialogue and provides lots of specifics.

    15. Some good pointers and lots of examples in this book. Especially strong in highlighting the differences between book and TV dialogue. I found other books on the topic more helpful though.

    16. Lots of helpful information. It will certainly make me think a lot more while writing dialogue for my suspense novelseach word counts.

    17. Writing Dialogue has practical advice and helprul excercises, but—for me, at least—it was a skimmer rather than a reader.

    18. This is an excellent book for beginning writers because it gives a way to get started. Probably less useful for someone wanting to revise and hone a draft.

    19. A great book for a beginning writer like myself. It has a lot of good advice and some good exercise to help develop your writing. I would definitely recommend it.

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