Talk the Talk is a sensational 218-page resource for educators looking to help their students with scriptwriting or to improve their own dialogue-writing skills. Including a broad range of exercises with varying difficulty, author Penny Penniston proves her expertise in scriptwriting with examples and in-depth analyses of topics like creating an original voice, crafting the scene, and converting the scene into a satisfactory script.
Unlike other dialogue books I've seen, Talk the Talk incorporates exercises that are exceptionally clear and help develop fundamental dialogue-writing skills like capturing voice and focusing the scene. My favorite is found in Lesson Fifteen: Focusing the Scene. The solo exercise asks you to go to a public place and find two people engaged in a conversation. The instructions ask you to imagine what they're describing and write the dialogue between them. With brief but fun sets that allow for growth in creativity and originality, Talk the Talk is a must-have book.
Others have enjoyed the almost step-by-step guide with which Penniston narrarates. How can you create a drama-filled dialogue as opposed to one that seems dull and nothing out of the ordinary?
As Penniston states in the introduction, "Great moments of dialogue are the great moments of film and theater." With this workshop, you'll learn to create your own insightful, clever dialogues that will give your writing a competitive edge. What are you waiting for?
Amanda Lynn Porter
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