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The Book of Dialogue
How to Write Effective Conversation in Fiction, Screenplays, Drama, and Poetry
Lewis Turco

2004 • 200 pp. 5 x 7 1/2"
Creative Writing / Writing Craft

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-58465-361-5

This is a book about dialogue for writers: how to get characters talking in a way that vividly reveals who they are, what they are doing, and what’s coming next in your story.

Originally published in 1989, this revised and expanded edition focuses on the art and craft of writing effective dialogue in fiction, cinema, television, drama, radio, and poetry.

Turco’s unique technique teaches by showing: he creates a Socratic dialogue as the form of the book itself. Says the author, "Plato wrote lies in order to tell the truth. That’s what a fiction writer does and has always done."

The book covers how to:
• Write dialogue that is believable as conversation—carefully selected, paced, and
• Break up dialogue at strategic places with action, replies, scene-setting and
other elements vital to telling your story.
• Balance dialogue and other story elements
• Dramatize conflict through dialogue.
• Use dialogue to lay the groundwork for upcoming events in the story.

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