Writing Excuses 17.29: The Job of Dialogue From https://writingexcuses.com/2022/07/17/17-29-the-job-of-dialogue/ Key points: What is the job of dialogue? Conversation has no real purpose or direction. Dialogue, however, needs to move the story forward, provide information, and help with characterization. It also has authorial intent, the reason the author put it there, and character intent, why the … Continue reading 17.29


Writing Excuses 17.28: Keys to Writing Dialog From https://writingexcuses.com/2022/07/10/17-28-keys-to-writing-dialog/ Key Points: Listen to how people speak. Learn to evoke that in writing. And make every character’s voice distinct. Err and uh and the F-bomb. Cursing with a slingshot or a crew-served weapon? Culture, nationality, age, class, education, community, all define the character in a specific … Continue reading 17.28


Writing Excuses 17.27: Ensembles Behind the Scenes From https://writingexcuses.com/2022/07/03/17-27-ensembles-behind-the-scenes/ Key points: What tools do you use to make sure that ensembles work? Colorcode, either print scenes, chapters, or pages in specific colors, or use color-coded index cards or post-its. Or your outlines, POV, characters, subplots. Color-code dialogue! Scrivener cards, with goals for scenes. Scapple. Retrospective … Continue reading 17.27


Writing Excuses 17.21: Casting Your Story With Character Voice From https://writingexcuses.com/2022/05/22/17-21-casting-your-story-with-character-voice/ Key points: How can you start making your ensemble cast members unique, interesting, distinct? Well, start with the protagonist protagonist, and how the other characters interact with them. Look at shared and individual goals or motivation. Sitcoms highlight the differences between characters. Make sure … Continue reading 17.21