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Jessica Bell. Rock Your Plot. Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction. Brian Stableford. Rebecca Hartley-Wright. Laura K Marshall. Fiction Unboxed. Oversimplification, after all, is convenient for writers. It means doing less work. A conflict occurs, however, when readers recognize this and attribute it to the writer wanting to make a quick buck. I gave it four stars. It was abundant with practical instruction and also presumably well-researched, as far as I can tell. The other two aforementioned books by Bell, however, are, in my opinion, found lacking when placed under the same measures of success.
They feel rushed, shallow, and at times even disingenuous. If the two I already own had not been as modestly priced as they were, I would feel a bit more betrayed and say they were absolutely not worth buying. But, I believe the money I spent they were on sale when I bought them was at least worth the modest furthering of my knowledge of the craft these books provided.
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Hernandez rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , non-fiction , writing , read-in , self-help. I had this on my wish list and was given it as a Christmas gift. I cracked it shortly after breakfast Christmas morning and found it quite an easy read. Both those new to writing fiction as well as more seasoned writers should find something useful. The new writer will benefit greatly from Chapter 7 which discusses the proper way to format and punctuate dialogue.
A number of unique exercises will help experienced authors stretch I had this on my wish list and was given it as a Christmas gift. A number of unique exercises will help experienced authors stretch outside their comfort zone.
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Bottom Line A useful book on the craft of writing dialogue that will help both new and experienced fiction writers. May 15, D. Adamson rated it really liked it Shelves: self-help-or-general-non-fiction. Dialog promotes character, plot, theme and says a great deal about the person behind the pen. This book is a must read for anyone interested in writing stories, novels, memoir, or scripts. Feb 13, Benjamin Spurlock rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , writing-resources. Absolutely dazzling. James Scott Bell explains not just how to write better dialogue, but explains what the tenets of great dialogue are and what common mistakes are made.
Through the use of great examples of fiction and his own humorous illustrations, he makes all of the rules memorable and incredibly vivid.
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I personally like what he wrote so much that I'm taking my writing group through the book, as I consider this an epiphany-inducing book. Can't recommend it enough to any creative writer, wh Absolutely dazzling. Can't recommend it enough to any creative writer, whether or not they feel they need the advice. Jul 22, Lauren rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction. Some parts of this book I found to be boring but overall I liked some of the writing exercises on dialogue.
Bell's ability to concisely divulge how he had been able to develop his skill in creating dialogue was appreciated. I particularly liked the exercise of writing in novel format from a screen play, it shows how to develop a story. Jun 10, Julius Butcher rated it it was amazing Shelves: writing. I have read several books from J. Bell, and I have found sound advice how to improve my writing.
This one is another great book if you're looking for ways to improve dialogues. Parts of it can be found in the author's other books, but this edition is straight to the point when it comes to writing dialogues. Jan 06, Amelia Strydom rated it it was amazing. Fantastic, practical book on the craft of writing. I highly recommend it to all writers, beginners or experienced. Dec 27, Cara rated it really liked it Shelves: writing , kindle. This book has a lot of solid information that I already knew.
The main new takeaway is: add conflict to all conversations. Make any conversation more interesting by giving the characters conflicting agendas. If someone is in parent mode and someone is in child mode, you automatically have conflict. Watch out for adult mode with adult mode—too rational means too boring. There are also a lot of exercises in here to improve your writing. A few of them seem a little counterproductive. For example, if your scene is boring, he recommends replacing a random line of dialogue with a random line of dialogue from a nearby book.
Jun 12, Kristin rated it it was amazing. I really enjoyed this book, but I have to admit it was a slow read. The information is so densely packed it's only pages! Although it provides a good basis for creating engaging dialogue, I think this book is more valuable as an editing tool because you can look back at your dialogue and pump it up.
The book is broken down I really enjoyed this book, but I have to admit it was a slow read. The book is broken down into different sections, starting with the basics, how to increase conflict, make a point, and train yourself to hear and write dialogue. The book ends with "Top 10 Dialogue issues" which is super helpful if there are specific things you are struggling with.
The format gives you samples of problematic dialogue, then shows you what the dialogue could look like if it were cleaned up and optimized. I am quite sure that I'll be doing a skim through of this book after each round of edits. Otherwise, the ebook does just fine. Jan 27, carlageek rated it liked it Shelves: on-writing. The best thing about this book is that it's short.
That might sound like a knock, but I don't mean it to be. I mean that the hour or two it takes to read it is not a huge investment, so you only need to get a few helpful insights from it to get a decent ROI. Much of the advice strikes me as a little obvious to anyone serious enough about writing fiction to bother reading a book about it.
Still, it's helpful to see it spelled out, and there are a handful of good insights and clever exercises to b The best thing about this book is that it's short. Still, it's helpful to see it spelled out, and there are a handful of good insights and clever exercises to be had.
Many of Bell's examples don't seem that pertinent to the point he's trying to make, or muddy up the issues -- such as confusing the qualities of good book openings with the qualities of good dialogue, or being drawn from screenplays, in which it seems to me dialogue has rather a different set of jobs to do than it has in novels.
Finally some key advice on common dialogue issues is relegated to quick appendices rather than integrated into the book. The overall impression is that Bell dashed off the book in an afternoon. With more thought to its structure and more attention to the pertinence of its examples, it could have been a whole lot stronger. But the two hours spent reading it are in no way time wasted. Jan 24, L. Braden rated it liked it Shelves: writing-craft.
Actually a 3.