Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Talk the Talk: A Dialogue Workshop for Scriptwriters
Talk the Talk: A Dialogue Workshop for Scriptwriters by Penny Penniston is the first screenwriting book I've seen that focuses solely on dialogue. It quickly moves from the theoretical to the practical, including a number of interesting exercises that challenge writers to improve their dialogue within the framework of voice, character and scene development. The book is not quite as long as it seems (the font is oddly large), but if you get notes like "all your characters sound the same" or if you just think your dialogue could be improved, check it out. There are exercises for writing new scenes, rewriting current scenes and evaluating the works of others. As writers it's always important to be perfecting our craft and challenging ourselves!