How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fastest Way to Improve Any Manuscript

There is one sure-fire way of improving your novel fast. . . You may know the fundamentals of how to write fiction. You may be more than competent in plot, structure and characters. But if your dialogue is dull it will drag the whole story down. On the other hand, if your dialogue is crisp and full of tension it immediately grabs the reader. And if that reader is an agent or editor, sharp dialogue will give them instant assurance that you know what you’re doing as a writer. Writing a bestseller or hot screenplay is no easy task, but dazzling dialogue is an absolute essential if you want to get there. The best part is, the skills of the dialogue craft are easy to understand and put into practice. #1 bestselling writing coach James Scott Bell has put together and expanded upon the dialogue lectures from his popular writing seminars. In How to Write Dazzling Dialogue you’ll learn: What fictional dialogue is … and isn’t The 11 secrets of crafting memorable dialogue The 5 essential tasks of dialogue 5 ways to improve your dialogue ear 4 can’t-miss methods to increase conflict and tension in any dialogue exchange The top 10 dialogue issues, and how to resolve them You’ll also see dazzling dialogue in action with examples from hit novels and screenplays. Don’t sabotage your chances of selling your work to readers or publishers because the dialogue is unexceptional. Dazzle them with what the characters say. How to Write Dazzling Dialogue will give you the tools to do it.

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  1. One to Add to Your Writer’s Bookshelf I have two bookshelves of writing craft books. This doesn’t include the shelf with my dictionaries, style manuals, thesauri, and grammar books. I’ve also taken many writing classes. I’ve made a conscious effort in the past couple of years to not take any more classes, not buy any more books because most of them don’t have anything new to teach me. 

  2. Highly Recommended! This is the book on writing dialogue that I have been searching for! I just purchased it this morning and have already emailed the link to two writing friends.Bell sums up what makes dialogue dazzling and how to avoid writing dialogue that, while it may get the job done, is flat and boring. He also covers punctuation (a challenging concept for many beginning writers) and my favorite topic: Curving the language.This one is a keeper and I will be referring to it often.

  3. A disappointment. This book was a disappointment. I’ve read other books by James Scott Bell, and I highly recommend “Conflict & Suspense”, which covers much the same dialogue technique as this, but so much better, and it’s a better book. I did not find this book illuminating at all. Buy Conflict & Suspense, you’ll be glad you did.

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