Mark has a conversation with Jeff Elkins, The Dialogue Doctor.
Prior to the main segment, Mark explains his goof-up that led to releasing this particular episode and then shares a few words about this episode’s sponsor.
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During their conversation Mark and Jeff speak, chat, discuss, converse, reflect, consider, chew on, and talk about about:
- How a book that is 160 K can read like it’s so much shorter because it’s 95% dialogue
- Remembering that dialogue is just another tool that we, as writers can use – and how can it help impact the emotional resonance of your story
- The distance skyline of NYC versus the details of a narrow street as a parallel for two types of writing (prose and dialogue)
- The energy-building dialogue of Aaron Sorkin in shows like The West Wing
- Dialogue in action scenes
- The love/hate relationship writers can have with dialogue tags
- And more…
After the interview Mark reflects on one of the things he is going to try in his own writing to help improve his dialogue.
Links of Interest:
- Jeff Elkins’ Website
- The Dialogue Doctor
- Draft2Digital LIVE (Self-Publishing Insiders) – Sept 1, 2022 – The Dialogue Doctor with Jeff Elkins (FULL INTERVIEW)
- Episode 157 – A Conversation with Jeff Elkins, The Dialogue Doctor
- Episode 172 – Understanding and Navigating Gender
- Episode 226 – Reflective Round Table December 2021
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- Patreon for Stark Reflections
- Best Book Ever Podcast
- Lovers Moon Podcast
- The Relaxed Author
- Publishing Pitfalls for Authors
- An Author’s Guide to Working with Libraries & Bookstores
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- Mark’s Canadian Werewolf Books
- The Canadian Mounted: A Trivia Guide to Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Jeff Elkins writes stories about outsiders who fight for outcasts, rejects, and the oppressed. He is the author of more than ten novels, a Certified Three Story Method Editor, and the host of the Dialogue Doctor podcast. During the day, he leads the writing team for a training company that simulates difficult conversations. He lives north of Baltimore, Maryland with his wife of twenty-years and his five kids.