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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (31 Dec. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582972893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582972893
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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A former trial lawyer, James Scott Bell is an award-winning author and frequent speaker at writing conferences.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Grazia Gi on 21 Nov. 2009
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This book belongs to a very interesting series, but is not at the same level as "Plot & Structure" and "Revision and Self-editing".
The author uses plenty of pages to explain few useful - but not new - concepts, making exercises a pure repetition of the content of the chapter; the same can be said for the grey pages with practical tips. The same ideas would fit in one third of the pages.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Greg Scowen on 20 Feb. 2012
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I wouldn't go as far as some of the reviews here and say this book was a waste of money. Indeed, as a primer into the writing of dialogue, this was perfect for me.

That doesn't mean I didn't go out and search for more guides on the topic to further the basic knowledge that I got within. But it was a good warm up and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get a light starter for a part of the craft that challenges may writers.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By pyotr ilyich on 17 Nov. 2009
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I found a few points raised by this book helpful.

Generally I found the style and authorial voice OK but it seemed to be far longer than was necessary. Really everything she said could have been condensed into a chapter or two of a more comprehensive book, like Bell's excellent Plot and Structure in the same series, which should probably have been extended to encompass the other books.

Can't help thinking the rest of this series is just a cheap way of quadrupling the publisher's profits after Plot and Structure's success.

However, if you have particular problems with dialogue, this crash course may well prove useful. The exercises were certainly comprehensive, though of course there's no-one to tell you how well you did at them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katie White on 7 May 2014
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i would recommend this book to anyone who is interested or would like to take up writing books for themselves. The book delivers information which makes you as a writer stop and think about your character, and how you choose them to express themselves. It helps you connect with the charactor - or characters you are writing for and how different characters respond under stressful situations. One might curse and swear, others might stew about something inwardly - it is fantastic and helps alot with how you protray your characters because you could start writing something and then think that theis isnt something that they would say, or that they might not do or react in a certain way.
It also explains why certain techniques do not work so well for writers and it helps convey what and how you want to write your characters to deliver and achieve the desired affect you want to convey as others would readyour story or book. It explains alot, and so as an expressionate person i like to think i am, i'm very interested in this kind of thing and for me what i understand its like to understand your chatacter if you speak in the 'I' sense, the first person - you need to start to become your character and understand him or her - basically if you love a great detailed book that can improve or enable your writing definatly get this book. it has helped me and i always refer to it when i'm in the middle of a story. Oh and the book helps you to enable your writing move at a pace where nothing comes to a standstil - that you need dialigue and the importance of it which flows and always keeps it real.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Glenn C. on 9 Mar. 2008
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Although this book has some gems on how to write dialogue, I found it too long for the job that it had to do. There is too much repetition and really this should not be a whole book, but merely one chapter of a book on creative writing.
I found Gloria Kempton's style a little irritating, where she used too much first person narrative: 'I like this...'. 'I do this...', 'I see new writers make a lot of mistakes when it comes to writing emotional dialogue...' etc.
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