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There is one sure-fire way of improving your novel fast...

You may know the fundamentals of how to write fiction. You may be more than competent in plot, structure and characters. But if your dialogue is dull it will drag the whole story down.

On the other hand, if your dialogue is crisp and full of tension it immediately grabs the reader. And if that reader is an agent or editor, sharp dialogue will give them instant assurance that you know what you're doing as a writer.

Writing a best seller or hot screenplay is no easy task, but dazzling dialogue is an absolute essential if you want to get there. The best part is, the skills of the dialogue craft are easy to understand and put into practice.

Number one best-selling writing coach James Scott Bell has put together and expanded upon the dialogue lectures from his popular writing seminars. In How to Write Dazzling Dialogue you'll learn:

  • What fictional dialogue is...and isn't
  • The 11 secrets of crafting memorable dialogue
  • The 5 essential tasks of dialogue
  • 5 ways to improve your dialogue ear
  • 4 can't-miss methods to increase conflict and tension in any dialogue exchange
  • The top 10 dialogue issues, and how to resolve them

You'll also see dazzling dialogue in action with examples from hit novels and screenplays.

Don't sabotage your chances of selling your work to readers or publishers because the dialogue is unexceptional. Dazzle them with what the characters say. How to Write Dazzling Dialogue will give you the tools to do it.

©2014 James Scott Bell (P)2019 James Scott Bell

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Entertaining AND useful!

Lots of really helpful ideas, presented in a light-hearted and entertaining way that stops it from being purely informative (it's genuinely not boring!) I particularly liked the spontaneous dialogue exercises and his 'cast' of characters! I will definitely be drawing upon these tips and hints in my writing. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to get a handle on this topic. My only real critcism is that there wasn't more of it! 9/10

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A gem/collection of tips

Really helpful short book about dialogue. He answered lots of questions I often bother friends with ... why didn’t I read this a year ago??

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  • 11-02-21

Fremdshaemen

This was a terrible piece of work, both written and voiced. Reached chapter 3 out of 7 and had to stop.

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  • Andrew Wadsworth
  • 21-03-20

Good course, subpar audio quality

Great little course with a lot of helpful tips and example. Wish the audio were better. Sounds a bit like it was recorded with a can on a string.

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  • Julian Switala
  • 18-01-20

useful and enjoyable!

great narration from the author.

very useful tips and ideas!

many GOOD examples that show the point.

what can be improved: the audiobook format should have an accompanying PDF or images to show what the author is saying about correct punctuation. simply listening where to put the proper punctuation isn't as memorable for something (punctuation rules on a novel) that is an entirely VISUAL experience.

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  • Amy Frances
  • 13-07-21

Thanks

Love this! I've listened to it several times and it has been a big help in writing my first novel. Thanks James!

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  • 03-06-21

Great advice from an experienced author

I’ve listened to this audiobook three times because it has so much good information. It is worth the price just for the chapter on punctuation in dialogue.

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  • Andy Bryant
  • 18-03-21

Many dialog examples to consider

If your looking for dialog examples to use as a guide in your own writing, this is a book to review. Many of the examples mentioned I have not personally read, but staying attentive I was able to follow the examples and benefit from Mr. Bell's offerings. Nicely done was his suggestion, lif your goal is to end the story with a statement, offer the opposite of the statement in the opening of your book. I've heard it before, but this example just made it more clear.

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  • Craig W
  • 13-03-21

Short and succinct

Full of tips, tricks and tidbits, combined with practice work. He even managed to make punctuation interesting.

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  • Lawrence Obisakin
  • 17-02-21

A pragmatic and methodical resourcebook

A very useful, well organized resource book on writing dazzling dialogues.
He clarified that dialogue is a crucial factor as a page-turner in writing fictions.
The author a renowned teacher of the art of writing ,in general, has given us many points on the uses of dialogues. He then hinted us on many approaches to writing dialogues.
His experience is a great asset and his ability to reduce to mnemonic points, useful guide on the subject matter.
He has greatly influenced my writing since last year when I started reading his books.
I recommend this book for all those amateur who want to learn the art of writing dia.Igue and to experts who want to deepen and improve their art of writing fictional dialogues.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-11-20

Extremely informative!

James Scott Bell has a soothing voice that makes listening to this a thrill. He does a fantastic job of helping illustrate what he’s trying to explain and I find it a joy anytime I listen/read any of his work!

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  • Jennifer F
  • 30-10-20

Bell the Master Teacher

Everything by James Scott Bell is excellent. He could have had a bit better production values in the audio book, but his message is very valuable.

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  • Geneva
  • 07-07-20

Loved it!

It was easy to read and very comprehensible. It addressed a lot of issues that I had questions about. Thanks