Review: How to Write Dazzling Dialogue

How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fastest Way to Improve Any ManuscriptHow to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fastest Way to Improve Any Manuscript by James Scott Bell
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

This is a short book, with a lot of good points in it. I especially like the section on creating character agendas in opposition to create tension in dialogue.

I think the main reason I didn’t connect very well with this book was because the author kept using examples from old movies I’d never seen. Often, it felt like the author was gushing about how great a piece of dialogue was more because of some nostalgic connection he had to it than the dialogue itself. When I read the quoted text I didn’t find it nearly so engaging as he made it seem.

Examples aside, the advice in the book is very good, and well worth a quick read.

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