Please Mind The Gap

So we’ve discussed what we can put into dialogue and what we can take out of dialogue maybe it’s time for what doesn’t need to be said. Previously we’ve looked at the concept of what the reader needs to know and when they need to know it and the same can be said of dialogue. […]

Verbal Verbosity

The best advice I ever read was from William Ash in The Way To Write Radio Drama: ‘What is required is very carefully wrought dialogue which contrives to sound natural.’ (Page 42) What Ash means by that is that a writer doesn’t need to exactly replicate modes of speech. On the most basic level when […]

Frenetic Phonetics

The way a lot of writers have been known to create accents is by using phonetics and I have to say I don’t like this as a method. Maybe it’s because my regional accent has been mauled by such attempts, or maybe it’s simply because I had to read an entire book written phonetically while […]

Distinction in Dialogue

Why have I called this article Distinction in Dialogue? Partly because that’s what it’s about, but mostly because I love a bit of alliteration when I can get it in. There’s something very satisfying about alliteration, like an unintentional rhyme or pun. It might seem like I’ve already gone off track here, which would be […]

Context Is All

When I run creative writing workshops I sound like a broken record, even to myself. Dialogue is my specialism but before we get onto writing dialogue itself, the what, there are important questions we’ve got to consider: Who? Where? Not a workshop has ever gone by where I haven’t mentioned these and not a day […]