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Do you want to write fast-paced, exciting, sizzling dialogue? This book reveals professional dialogue technique to characterise the speaker, carry the plot forward and entertain your readers. This is not a beginner's guide. I assume that you have mastered the basics of fiction writing, and you don't need an explanation what dialogue is and why it matters for your story. Do you want to write fast-paced, exciting, sizzling dialogue? This book reveals professional dialogue technique to characterise the speaker, carry the plot forward and entertain your readers. This is not a beginner's guide. I assume that you have mastered the basics of fiction writing, and you don't need an explanation what dialogue is and why it matters for your story. But your dialogue isn't as strong as your story deserves. Perhaps it drags, perhaps the characters all sound the same, and perhaps it lacks tension, wit or sparkle. I'll offer you a toolbox filled with techniques. These are not 'rules' every writer must follow, but tricks you can try. Pick, mix and match them to suit your characters and your story. Some of these tools work for all kinds of dialogue, others solve specific problems - how to create male and female voices, how to present foreign languages and accents, how to present historical dialogue and flirtatious banter, how to write dialogue for alpha characters, for children and for liars. I suggest you read once through the whole book to discover the tools in this kit, then return to the specific chapters which address the challenges of your current project. You can apply the techniques to write new dialogue scenes, or to revise sections you've already written. When revising, you may want to compare the 'before' and 'after' versions. You'll be amazed how your dialogue scenes come to life. I won't weigh this book down with literary theory. Sometimes I'll use examples - mostly from my own books, for copyright reasons - but in essence, this is about your writing, your stories, your dialogue. If you like you can use this book as an advanced dialogue writing course, working your way through each chapter, doing the exercises in the chapter and the assignments at the end of each chapter. or you can simply read the whole book to get a feel for what's in it, then choose the techniques you want to study and apply for the chapter you want to write or revise.


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Do you want to write fast-paced, exciting, sizzling dialogue? This book reveals professional dialogue technique to characterise the speaker, carry the plot forward and entertain your readers. This is not a beginner's guide. I assume that you have mastered the basics of fiction writing, and you don't need an explanation what dialogue is and why it matters for your story. Do you want to write fast-paced, exciting, sizzling dialogue? This book reveals professional dialogue technique to characterise the speaker, carry the plot forward and entertain your readers. This is not a beginner's guide. I assume that you have mastered the basics of fiction writing, and you don't need an explanation what dialogue is and why it matters for your story. But your dialogue isn't as strong as your story deserves. Perhaps it drags, perhaps the characters all sound the same, and perhaps it lacks tension, wit or sparkle. I'll offer you a toolbox filled with techniques. These are not 'rules' every writer must follow, but tricks you can try. Pick, mix and match them to suit your characters and your story. Some of these tools work for all kinds of dialogue, others solve specific problems - how to create male and female voices, how to present foreign languages and accents, how to present historical dialogue and flirtatious banter, how to write dialogue for alpha characters, for children and for liars. I suggest you read once through the whole book to discover the tools in this kit, then return to the specific chapters which address the challenges of your current project. You can apply the techniques to write new dialogue scenes, or to revise sections you've already written. When revising, you may want to compare the 'before' and 'after' versions. You'll be amazed how your dialogue scenes come to life. I won't weigh this book down with literary theory. Sometimes I'll use examples - mostly from my own books, for copyright reasons - but in essence, this is about your writing, your stories, your dialogue. If you like you can use this book as an advanced dialogue writing course, working your way through each chapter, doing the exercises in the chapter and the assignments at the end of each chapter. or you can simply read the whole book to get a feel for what's in it, then choose the techniques you want to study and apply for the chapter you want to write or revise.

30 review for Writing Vivid Dialogue: Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors

  1. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    I can not recommend this book enough to writers of all levels. There is so much packed into this book. I am keeping it as a reference and will read it often. Each chapter is another powerful tool. There are so many distinctions in writing dialogue and she touches on them all in a way that motivates you to make it snappier, livelier and as she says more vivid. It was easy to second guess myself but now I know I have this book to steer me in a better conversational direction. I can write better, I I can not recommend this book enough to writers of all levels. There is so much packed into this book. I am keeping it as a reference and will read it often. Each chapter is another powerful tool. There are so many distinctions in writing dialogue and she touches on them all in a way that motivates you to make it snappier, livelier and as she says more vivid. It was easy to second guess myself but now I know I have this book to steer me in a better conversational direction. I can write better, I have worked the assignments and read the differences myself. The direction and mentoring in this book is so perfect. I can't wait to read other books by Ms. Hall. I am posting the full review on Mystery Thriller Week. The annual event to celebrate mystery and thriller authors, bloggers, and fans.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rosie Amber

    Writing Vivid Dialogue: Professional techniques for Fiction Authors. This book aims to offer a toolbox of techniques for authors to cherry pick to enable their characters to carry the plot forward and entertain their readers. Rayne suggests that this book could also be used as an advance dialogue writing course and I agree with this statement. Set out in easy to use chapters, the book covers a huge range of ideas; building tension, working with contractions, making dialogue tight, body language a Writing Vivid Dialogue: Professional techniques for Fiction Authors. This book aims to offer a toolbox of techniques for authors to cherry pick to enable their characters to carry the plot forward and entertain their readers. Rayne suggests that this book could also be used as an advance dialogue writing course and I agree with this statement. Set out in easy to use chapters, the book covers a huge range of ideas; building tension, working with contractions, making dialogue tight, body language and one with a word I love "Zingers". Some of my favourite chapters were the ones about dialogue tags, dialogue beats and how people talk in Historical fiction. I always find much I can use in Rayne's books, they deliver advice which you can start using today and are great value for money. Real recommended reading for authors.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ➳Ðeborah⋄

    Probably the most helpful book on dialogue I have ever read. It covers different situations and gives tips on how to make it better. It's not just the usual advice on how you should write dialogue, it goes beyond that and provides really nice insights when it comes to strengthening dialogue depending on your intentions and the things you want to convey to the reader. Overall, I really liked it and I recommend it to anyone wishing to improve their writing. Probably the most helpful book on dialogue I have ever read. It covers different situations and gives tips on how to make it better. It's not just the usual advice on how you should write dialogue, it goes beyond that and provides really nice insights when it comes to strengthening dialogue depending on your intentions and the things you want to convey to the reader. Overall, I really liked it and I recommend it to anyone wishing to improve their writing.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Excellent, as usual. I really appreciated her tips on using questions to pep up dialogue and on picking an important conversation and really polish it into zingers.

  5. 5 out of 5

    H.M

    This was an excellent book. It went through all the ways in which a writer can make the reading experience deeper and more meaningful. I have started employing all the techniques and my writings improving. Highly recommendedd.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mrs M

    Practical, concise, short. This book took less than 2 hours to read from cover to cover and I was then able to go straight to my WIP and uplevel the dialogue. I am writing my first historical romance and was aware that my dialogue wasn't sparkly or flirtatious enough. This book directly targets these issues as well as many more. This is the first in the series I have read but I will definitely be reading the others. Practical, concise, short. This book took less than 2 hours to read from cover to cover and I was then able to go straight to my WIP and uplevel the dialogue. I am writing my first historical romance and was aware that my dialogue wasn't sparkly or flirtatious enough. This book directly targets these issues as well as many more. This is the first in the series I have read but I will definitely be reading the others.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Malek Montag

    Food for thought Five Stars? Yes, five. I like the way Raine has considered virtually every angle to support her points and set challenging assignments at the end of each chapter. I've considered myself an accomplished writer for some time. But in wanting to push my understanding further and develop my craft, I came upon this work. It has taught me a great deal. This is a very good work book, and I hope an excellent reference as I move forward. Try it for yourself. Food for thought Five Stars? Yes, five. I like the way Raine has considered virtually every angle to support her points and set challenging assignments at the end of each chapter. I've considered myself an accomplished writer for some time. But in wanting to push my understanding further and develop my craft, I came upon this work. It has taught me a great deal. This is a very good work book, and I hope an excellent reference as I move forward. Try it for yourself.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Peter West

    Good advice to sharpen up that dialogue I write sci fi and fantasy mostly. The techniques mentioned were useful for sharpening dialogue and making it distinct for different characters. It's good that the book stayed focussed on dialogue rather than trying to do too many things. That focus makes this a better book. Good advice to sharpen up that dialogue I write sci fi and fantasy mostly. The techniques mentioned were useful for sharpening dialogue and making it distinct for different characters. It's good that the book stayed focussed on dialogue rather than trying to do too many things. That focus makes this a better book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Holt

    I recommend this title to all authors, whether new to the craft of writing fiction or a multi-pubbed author with seventy-five titles. I believe this book of professional techniques has something for everyone. Thank you, Rayne Hall, for opening my eyes. You brought key concepts to my attention I'd never been taught (or read) elsewhere. This book is one I'll reread. I recommend this title to all authors, whether new to the craft of writing fiction or a multi-pubbed author with seventy-five titles. I believe this book of professional techniques has something for everyone. Thank you, Rayne Hall, for opening my eyes. You brought key concepts to my attention I'd never been taught (or read) elsewhere. This book is one I'll reread.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Maxine

    Another good "Here's-How" by Rayne Hall. Rayne Hall gets down to business and shows you just how to write it: emotions, characters, settings, revision prompts . . . Her whole series is a must for beginning writers. Another good "Here's-How" by Rayne Hall. Rayne Hall gets down to business and shows you just how to write it: emotions, characters, settings, revision prompts . . . Her whole series is a must for beginning writers.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sue Lilley

    Another example of Rayne Hall’s excellent advice. Always down to earth and readable, her books are helpful and informative. I already knew some of the hints, which were good recaps. But I did learn new things aswell. I particularly liked the suggestion of putting the strongest word at the end.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kay Oliver

    Dialogue bible As always, loaded with great info and suggestions. I disagreed with some, already new some, and gained helpful tidbits with all the rest. I recommend all of Rayne's writing books to anyone, new or experienced. Dialogue bible As always, loaded with great info and suggestions. I disagreed with some, already new some, and gained helpful tidbits with all the rest. I recommend all of Rayne's writing books to anyone, new or experienced.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Merri

    Dialogue Makes a Difference This book was a game changer for me. The step by step format helped me transform meh characters into people who are witty, insightful, and charming. I definitely recommend this book for writers at all stages.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hope Trainer

    Enhanced dialogue Great book for enhancing your dialogue especially if you are starting out as a writer. Techniques are explained well and examples given. Writing dialogue for different scenarios eg historical fiction, people with different accents considered.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Smiling_dragon

    Excellent Tips! The tips in this book have definitely made me more aware of things to avoid in my writing and things to use in my writing. I highly recommend this series to any beginner writers.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Margaretha

    Very helpful for someone who has struggled with dialogue. I am more of a descriptive writer and this has helped me to move some of the necessary info from description into dialogue.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Eliza

    Great Really insightful text showing how to pay more attention to character's dialogue and its purpose for moving the plot along. Also useful for scriptwriters. Great Really insightful text showing how to pay more attention to character's dialogue and its purpose for moving the plot along. Also useful for scriptwriters.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Paweenwat Thongprasop

    Another great practical book on creative writing by Rayne Hall.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Peggy Miller

    Let's talk! Thank you, I have learned so many new features and techniques that will improve my writing. Your advise is right on point and is easy to understand and apply. Let's talk! Thank you, I have learned so many new features and techniques that will improve my writing. Your advise is right on point and is easy to understand and apply.

  20. 4 out of 5

    James Hightower

    Great techniques. Great examples. Great book! If you want to improve the dialogue in your stories then this is the book for you.

  21. 5 out of 5

    John P Green

    Highly recommended. The series of books by this author meets all expectations.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Preethi Venugopala

    Must have for every fiction writer. Easy to follow tips.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Geraldine Evans

    Excellent Every aspect of dialogue is covered. A tremendous resource when a scene just won't go right and you're desperate for help. Excellent Every aspect of dialogue is covered. A tremendous resource when a scene just won't go right and you're desperate for help.

  24. 4 out of 5

    debra schneider

    Excellent well written very helpful I have read many books on writing in the last few weeks. This is perhaps one of the most helpful. The information is concise it gives great examples. I didn't take advantage of the lessons only because I am not that far along in my own works and it's not my thing but they are available for those who want them. I would highly recommend this book Excellent well written very helpful I have read many books on writing in the last few weeks. This is perhaps one of the most helpful. The information is concise it gives great examples. I didn't take advantage of the lessons only because I am not that far along in my own works and it's not my thing but they are available for those who want them. I would highly recommend this book

  25. 5 out of 5

    Graham Downs

    I was asked by the author to beta-read an earlier edition of this book, and then I re-read the final published version. I've read a few of Rayne Hall's Writer's Craft books before, and I've always been suitably impressed. This one is no different. It's filled with practical advice, written in plain English, and uses lots of examples. This book is a veritable gold mine of information, and in fact, I've already implemented a few of these tips in some stories I've written since reading it. I particul I was asked by the author to beta-read an earlier edition of this book, and then I re-read the final published version. I've read a few of Rayne Hall's Writer's Craft books before, and I've always been suitably impressed. This one is no different. It's filled with practical advice, written in plain English, and uses lots of examples. This book is a veritable gold mine of information, and in fact, I've already implemented a few of these tips in some stories I've written since reading it. I particularly liked the idea that dialogue should SOUND real, but the way people talk in real-life really isn't suitable for fiction. So, it must FEEL real, but it must not BE real. Another thing that really stuck with me was the section on how to write people of different dialects. Lots of authors go overboard, writing each word of dialogue exactly as it sounds, which gets really frustrating to a reader who isn't a native speaker of that dialect. Other authors don't change the way those characters speak at all, which makes the characters seem bland and uninteresting. In this book, Rayne Hall gives a very nice compromise. In truth, there weren't many chapters that I didn't find useful, from the chapter on body language, to the differences between the ways men and women speak, to advice on how to write flirtatious encounters. The list goes on and on. This is a valuable resource for any author whose stories contain conversations between characters - and I can't think of any that don't. Dialogue is an important part of any story; you should really get it right.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    A fabulous resource for anyone looking to sharpen their dialogue skills as a writer. I have half the book highlighted and written on notecards and poster boards to keep me thinking of newer and better dialogue. A wonderful addition to anyone's library for books on writing. I know I'll be returning to this advice again and again. So glad I found this read. A fabulous resource for anyone looking to sharpen their dialogue skills as a writer. I have half the book highlighted and written on notecards and poster boards to keep me thinking of newer and better dialogue. A wonderful addition to anyone's library for books on writing. I know I'll be returning to this advice again and again. So glad I found this read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Winter Bayne

    Rayne Hall is always concise, quick to the point, and delivers great tips. Exactly what I look for in a craft book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    John Kilgallon

    Excellent work on advancing dialogue techniques.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Great book This is a great book for writers who are looking to spruce up their dialogue. I would recommend this book and its series to any writer.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Guts

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