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Dynamic Dialogue: Letting Your Story Speak (Red Sneaker Writers Book Series 4) [Kindle Edition]

William Bernhardt

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Dynamic dialogue can turn an otherwise ordinary novel into a delightful read, but dull, uninspired dialogue will cause readers to lose interest and try something else. In this book, bestselling author William Bernhardt, renowned for his handling of dialogue, explains his techniques for making characters come to life through their words. He explains the importance of matching character and dialogue, of avoiding dialogue that’s “on-the-nose,” and the value of using dialogue to suggest what no one will say aloud. Bernhardt explains how to enrich your story and quicken the pace with dramatic and clever dialogue exchanges, skillful use of dialogue beats, and subtext. The book also includes exercises designed to help writers apply these ideas to their own writing.

William Bernhardt is the bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the blockbuster Ben Kincaid novels and Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness, currently in production as an NBC miniseries. Bernhardt is also one of the most sought-after writing instructors in the nation. He is the only person to have received the Southern Writers Gold Medal Award, the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award (U Penn) and the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award (OSU), which is given "in recognition of an outstanding body of work that has profoundly influenced the way in which we understand ourselves and American society at large."

The Red Sneaker Writing Center is dedicated to helping writers achieve their literary goals. What is a red sneaker writer? A committed writer seeking useful instruction and guidance rather than obfuscation and attitude. Red sneakers get the job done and so do red sneaker writers, by paying close attention to their art and craft, committing to hard work, and never quitting. Are you a red sneaker writer? If so, this book is for you.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1446 KB
    • Print Length: 150 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: Babylon Books (3 Feb. 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00I8RGPF6
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #429,572 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The best book so far in a wonderful series. 14 Feb. 2014
    By James R. Ludwig - Published on
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    I have read and reviewed each of the four books so far available in this series. In earlier reviews, I have said that, next to attending on of Bill Berhardt's excellent seminars, these books are the best way to benefit from this fine author's grasp of what it takes create compelling fiction. But this fourth installment deserves special praise. Dialogue is the bane of most beginning and even established authors. How do you make it interesting, believable, and still use it to move the story forward without telegraphing your surprises or neglecting important undercurrents? In clear, direct prose, containing numerous spot-on examples, Mr. Bernhardt demystifies a complicated component of writing and provides the budding writer with real tools to tame this wild creature called dialogue. What he teaches makes sense and allows the student to repair and enhance his or her own attempts. The exercises take time and effort, but yield tangible results. This not a read through once and feel enlightened book. This is writing tool that you will return to again and again. Buy it and use it to improve your writing and inform your reading. It's a gem.
    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Practical Advice 17 Feb. 2014
    By Connie Neal - Published on
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    I have written over 40 non-fiction books with traditional publishers. When I decided to expand my skill-set to write fiction, I came upon this series. It is well-crafted, focused, confident, and has immediate practical application. ~ Connie Neal
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars You have to have this one 4 Aug. 2014
    By Courtney - Published on
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    This is a necessary purchase for serious writers. It is easy to read - I read it very quickly - and full of useful information. It covers everything you need to know about dialogue and more. The author gives plenty of examples, exercises, and makes you laugh a bit along the way. This is one of those ones you can highlight and keep by your computer.
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not World Changing but Very Useful Nonetheless 30 July 2014
    By Troy Blackford - Published on
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    I had read another of Bernhardt's 'Red Sneaker Series' of writing books before this one, and came away from the experience a little bit smarter about writing but not terribly impressed. Still, I could tell the man knew what he was talking about. I didn't know (and still don't) that I agreed with his rationale for writing several short writing books, each on only one topic, rather than one long one (he says its so you don't have to take a huge break from your writing to read them, but I suspect it's because he can charge more for them separately than together) but I found a good deal on three more of them and so I grabbed them.

    Just as before, there's some good stuff. My sense that he was shilling for his own fiction wasn't as strong as before, which was good. He speaks with authority but not with pompousness, and his advice was good to ponder. This book on dialogue was a useful tool full of good thoughts, and again, though it was not the most genius of all writing books I've ever encountered, I'm glad I read it.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Helps edit your dialogue to increase the readibility 15 July 2015
    By CollegeStudent - Published on
    Surprisingly useful. My favorite of the series.

    I have all (currently) of the six books in this series on all three forms (kindle, paperback, and audible). They're all good. The author gets straight to the point and leaves out the fluff.

    I read this book last because I didn't think I'd learn anything. The book helps sift your dialogue, so the writer can remove the extra, repetitive, or vague dialogue. It also explains how to make the dialogue more readable
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