• How to Write Dazzling Dialogue

  • The Fastest Way to Improve Any Manuscript
  • By: James Scott Bell
  • Narrated by: James Scott Bell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (232 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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Terrible audio quality

I love James Scott Bells books on writing, but this audiobook has the worst audio quality I’ve ever heard. I got a minute in and turned it off. I’ll have to get the ebook to read this because I can’t deal with the echo and poor audio. This audiobook should be re-recorded. Rent a booth to make sure it is up to professional quality.

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Informative, helpful, all around great!

I learned more from this book than any other instructional book about writing. He did a great job.

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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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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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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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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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Format and examples were extremely helpful.

The outline format and examples were helpful for me. Bell provides great references for future projects.

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  • CB
  • 07-06-22

Important info!!

This is a great book full of outstanding writing information. He has a depth of knowledge and he gives examples of how to write lines. He is fantastic.

HOWEVER, I pray he reads this…I would tell him he should not narrate this himself. He must have allergies or a cold but it was painful to listen to- between the gulping of nasal drip, high static background, and the fingers squeezing the nose voice, it nearly made me stop listening.

Please have a professional read your book! The information is phenomenal but it’s painful to listen due to the things I’ve listed.

Redo the audiobook for future listeners.
Sorry, but it’s true.

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  • Jackie O
  • 07-10-20

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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  • Viola Bleu
  • 01-19-20

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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  • Robert Bromfield
  • 10-22-21

Seems to be for writing a book in the 20s

Most of the example are outdated with very few examples to do with modern dialogue

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  • WT
  • 02-11-21

Fremdshaemen

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