Dialogue is one of the harder elements of writing. Too often it sounds stilted, dull or ridiculous. Yet it forms such a vital part of your character’s make up. It’s the only time we hear from them directly.
The worst mistake you can make is writing fictional dialogue in the style of a normal conversation.
We litter our prose with ums and ahhhs and loop backs and repetition. If you wrote dialogue like that in your novels you’d bore your readers to tears.
Mastering dialogue is one of THE quickest ways to improve your manuscripts. It creates pace and tension and can even get you noticed by literary agents and publishers.
So the question is… how should you write dialogue? If only there was a nifty resource that could teach you how to master it…
Well, I know just such a thing…
Joan Dempsey is an award-winning author, writing teacher and friend of mine. I don’t recall exactly how I met Joan, but I do remember the first time I used her teaching services. I paid for a critique of my first novel, Keepers. Her insightful comments and explanations made my writing jump a gazillion notches. But more than that, she gave me a confidence I was lacking and that was enough to spur me on to complete Keepers.
I rarely promote anything unless I truly believe in the value of it, but believe me when I tell you, Joan’s courses are serious value for money.
Joan’s dialogue course has seven modules, looks at the five functions of dialogue and even has personalised feedback on every assignment you complete. There’s videos, group forums and everything you could possibly want.
For more information on the course, including the full course model outline, just click here.*
Like with all good things, it must come to an end. Joan’s highly sought after course is only open for another 8 days, she can’t give personalised feedback to everyone, after all.
If you’re serious about developing your writing, if you want to hook a publisher in the next year, or if you’re just after objective feedback from one of the nicest authors I know, then go check out Joan’s course.
That link one more time…
*please note, this is an affiliate link, so if you sign up to the course, I will earn a small commission. However, any readers of this blog know it’s rare I promote anything and that I only promote services I truly believe in.