Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Midweek links- dialogue

So Lydia Kang asked on her blog asked: What is your weakness? Most people said dialogue.

I won't lie, I'm pretty awesome at dialogue:

"Shut the front door." I screamed, people are so rude.

"You shut the front door."

"No you.


"Stop being such a putz and shut the door."

End scene.

Um, or maybe I don't rock at dialogue as much as I think.

So here are some links and resources for writing great dialogue.

Whenever I do one of these postings the first place I go to is Mary Kole. This week I have a TON of stuff from her and other links I found through her.
The Name Game talks about how some writers use the character's names too much in dialogue.

Tag you're it, is all about writing good dialogue tags. <-- this one I think is SUPER helpful.

What to cut, explains what you need to cut from your book. Lots of times it's crappy dialogue.

What show don't tell really means<-- yep it's that straight forward.

Here are a bunch of links Mary posted on her blog and I'm reposting them.
Barry Lyga has a great series on dialogue, one, two, three, four and five.

As always a little Nathan Bradford for you. Cause he's just so gosh darn cute.

Blood Red Pencil has TONS of great stuff. Dialogue is NOT how we talk How to write dialogue that gets interrupted
This one I have a really hard time with, internal dialogue
They also have the three part series about dialogue. Part 1, Part 2, Part3

I found this post from W.I.P It. 7 tips for writing Dialogue.

I think 17 posts are good for now.


  1. These are really great links, thanks!

  2. Thanks I"m glad you like it. I spend such a long time on them I hope they are useful.

  3. Awesome linkage. I think dialog is easy, actually, so I'm with you. It's everything else I can't get right. Oh well. Onward!

  4. Fantastic links - thanks so much. I love writing dialogue - it's where each character gets to shine. :)

  5. Thanks everyone I'm glad they are useful. Next week it's going to be either action scenes or descriptions.