GeezWriter How-to Dialogue
After a detailed practice exercise, savvy authors are challenged to broaden their repertoire of advanced techniques. GeezWriter builds on these skills by deftly exploring myriad approaches for transforming everyday dialogue into compelling story-telling tools, then challenges writers with practice exercises from basic to advanced.
From avoiding amateur mistakes to mastering the traditional methods and many innovative new techniques, writers learn to finesse dialogue that succinctly brings the voices of characters vividly to life.
Everything a writer needs to know about dialogue is found between these pages: punctuation, correct use of attributors, overuse of adverbs, appositives, construction of dialogue (when to start a new line), proper construction and punctuation of internal dialogue. It’s all here, and it’s not preachy or clinical in presentation but rather written in a smooth, comfortable style that’s easy to follow.
One of my favorite quotes in this book is:
Real writers have no choice; with so many stories to tell and reasons to tell them, they cannot help but succumb to some intrinsic compulsion to preserve them in tangible form.
If you struggle with writing dialogue of any type, you need this book.