7 Mistakes To Avoid When Writing Dialogue

Don’t spoon-feed the audience. Don’t give your readers the answers, make them work for it.  Rather than your characters stating their reasons and conclusions, let your readers figure out the subtext on their own. Don’t pad the work. Avoid meaningless words. There’s no need for “throat clearers” like: “Well…,” “Um,” “Er;” or questions like “What?” … More 7 Mistakes To Avoid When Writing Dialogue

Joseph Campbell: The Hero’s Journey (Part 2)

The Hero’s Journey There has been tons and tons of great material written about Joseph Campbell and his Hero’s Journey.  Here’s my take on his incredible work.  It’s my attempt to simplify it down to its core ideas in “snackable” bites that are easy to comprehend. Joseph Campbell According to Me The hero’s story is … More Joseph Campbell: The Hero’s Journey (Part 2)

Dialogue: The Do, the Don’t and the Out Loud

There are lots of ways for dialogue to be less effective than it should be.  Let’s examine a few: Show, Don’t Tell Characters in a scene are trying to resolve a problem.  If you’ve done your job well, the audience is right there trying to solve the problem with the characters.  Rather than spoon-feed your … More Dialogue: The Do, the Don’t and the Out Loud

Dialogue: Subtext

A person cannot speak unless he or she has had a thought.  A person does not have a thought unless he or she has a need.  That is never more true than in all dramatic writing.  Characters in a script speak because they want something. Another way to think of it: the average person speaks … More Dialogue: Subtext

A Character Checklist

So, we’ve done a lot of talking about characters, who they are, how they function and what they add to your story.  But how do you know you’re on the right track?  Here’s a list of questions about your characters.  If you can answer all these questions with clear, simple and specific examples, you’re on your … More A Character Checklist