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Dialogue vs. Scene

When does dialogue constitute a scene? If two or more characters are talking to one another about elements of the story they’re featured in, is that a scene? And if it is a scene, how much of it can we … Continue reading

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Subtext–When Your Characters Don’t Say What They Mean, or Mean What They Say

There’s a concept I’ve mainly seen in screenwriting called “on the nose” dialogue. That’s dialogue in which there is no subtext, in which a character baldly says exactly what they’re feeling inside. What’s the problem with this? First, in the … Continue reading

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Dialogue Tags–Spawn of the Devil or Useful Minion?

On a recent #yalitchat on POV, a few of us got into a side discussion of dialogue tags. What’s a dialogue tag? The simplest is said (when using past tense) or says (in present tense). For a question, you use … Continue reading

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RTW – Sayin’ It

I had to leave early this morning, so I didn’t have a chance to check out YA Highway‘s Road Trip Wednesday until now. The prompt for this RTW is “Write a dialogue between two of your favorite YA characters.” Since … Continue reading

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