Book: Writer's Craft Power Pack 3 - Five-Book Bundle by Rayne Hallcategories: Book, Writing Dialogue, Creative Writing, Novel Writing, Writing Craft, Revising and Editing, Book Promotion, Book Reviews, Indie Publishing, Writing Success, Writing Career, Self-Publishing, Fiction Writing
Rayne Hallabout this boxed set: This five-book bundle contains the following Writer's Craft guides by Rayne Hall:
Writing Vivid Dialogue, Writing Deep Point of View, Euphonics for Writers, SWOT for Writing Success, Getting Book Reviews.
Please note: Rayne Hall uses British English, with British spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Here's an excerpt from "Writing Vivid Dialogue":
1 A QUICK FIX TO ADD INSTANT INTEREST: ASK QUESTIONS
Have you written a dialogue scene that's basically okay, but needs to be more interesting?
I have a quick technique to enhance it without major changes. Questions rouse the reader's interest, so simply turn some statements into questions.
Here are some statements, and how you might phrase them as questions instead. You can see how much more intriguing the questions are.
"I want Santa to bring me a doll."
"Will Santa bring me a doll?"
"I'm looking for my wallet."
"Have you seen my wallet?"
"You haven't gone to church for a long time."
"When was the last time you went to church?"
"The dam may not hold much longer."
"How much longer will the dam hold?"
"You never seem to listen to what I say."
"Do you ever listen to what I say?"
"Maybe there really is a monster in the lake."
"What if there really is a monster in the lake?"
Suddenly, the speaker's words have undercurrents which add depth and engage the reader. If you like, you can apply this technique liberally, and pepper your dialogue scene with questions. Keep only a few statements so the rhythm doesn't get monotonous.
In the next chapter, I'll show you how to escalate this method to create tension.
Take a dialogue scene you've drafted and are not entirely happy with. Change several statements to questions. Enjoy the 'before-and-after' transformation.
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