Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Purposes of Dialogue


What am I reading now?  Born of Illusion (Teri Brown)
Annnd . . . what do I think so far? Anna and her mother are an acclaimed spiritual medium (mom) and magician (Anna) that have moved to New York in the 1920s (I would love to read more books set in their time period.) For her whole life, Anna has moved frequently, lied, cheated and deceived people to create credibility for her mother's show and subsequent seances. But Anna has a secret; while her mother is a fraud, Anna has strong psychic abilities that put her life at risk. As the supposed illegitimate daughter of Harry Houdini, Anna wonders if her abilities were the only gift she received from her father.

The Purposes of Dialogue
In the iWriteNetwork Summer Workshop, Greg Park spoke about making dialogue work harder in our stories. He gave us a list of the goals of dialogue and challenged us to create dialogue that uses more than one of them at a time. Here's the list:

• Reveal character and motivations
• Create or add to existing conflict
• Move the plot forward and/or increase its pace
• Establish tone or mood
• Create immediacy and intimacy (build reader empathy)
• Foreshadow
• Provide exposition or back story
• Remind the reader of things they may have forgotten.

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