Episode 80 – Jeff and Laura Q&A

In this Q&A episode, Jeff and Laura answer questions from the Dialoggers. 1. What are you reading and writing? 2. What would you say are the 5 authors that you recommend for learning story and dialogue together? 3. What do you tell writers who have mono-mouth? 4. Is 1st person narrative actually dialogue? 5. I’mContinue reading “Episode 80 – Jeff and Laura Q&A”

Episode 79 – Carmen Dillion and Cinematic Writing

In this episode, Jeff talks with author Carmen Dillion about writing in a way that empowers the reader’s imagination. They talk about how Carmen has empowered the reader to imagine her character playing an instrument, how to write a Big Cast scene, providing spacial awareness for the reader, giving us a descriptor of each characterContinue reading “Episode 79 – Carmen Dillion and Cinematic Writing”

Episode 78 – Laura Humm and Lon Varnadore Talk about Pacing in a Story

In this episode, Laura sits down with author Lon Varnadore to look at a science-fiction and fantasy piece Lon is working on. They talk about building emotional beats in a story, creating a sense of intensity, breaking up larger paragraphs with dialogue, and they take a deep dive into the pacing of a story. ToContinue reading “Episode 78 – Laura Humm and Lon Varnadore Talk about Pacing in a Story”

Episode 77 – Talking Characterization with the 3 Story Method Editors

In this episode, Jeff is joined by some of the Three Story Method Editors. They talk about what makes great characters, characters they want to see more of, and character tropes they think are played out. To listen on Spotify, click here. To listen on iTunes, click here. To listen on Google Podcasts, click here.Continue reading “Episode 77 – Talking Characterization with the 3 Story Method Editors”

Episode 76 – Paige Theriot and Adding Descriptions to Dialogue

In this episode, Jeff sits down with author Paige Theriot to edit a piece together that she wrote. They talk about painting a cinematic scene for a reader, making sure the reader can track all the characters, and mixing in prose with dialogue. To listen on Spotify, click here. To listen on iTunes, click here.Continue reading “Episode 76 – Paige Theriot and Adding Descriptions to Dialogue”

Episode 75 – Writing in Community with Laura Humm, Faye Whyte, and Amy Schottenfels

In this episode, Laura sits down with writers Faye and Amy to talk about what it is like to work on a book with someone else. They discuss the benefits of community, how to track an editor’s notes, how conflict spurs ideas, and what is the job of an editor. To listen on Spotify, clickContinue reading “Episode 75 – Writing in Community with Laura Humm, Faye Whyte, and Amy Schottenfels”

Episode 74 – Alicia McCalla and the Emotional Flow of a Scene

In this episode, Alicia McCalla (from episode 2) returns to examine a short story she has written for an anthology that she is considering turning into serial fiction. They discuss the emotional movement of the story, they plot out an emotional flow, they talk character transformation, they look at world-building with dialogue, they debate internalContinue reading “Episode 74 – Alicia McCalla and the Emotional Flow of a Scene”

Episode 73 – Jeff and Laura New Year Q&A

In this episode, Jeff and Laura debate the next Dialogue Doctor tool they are going to build and then discuss their radically different approaches to managing projects and goals. To listen on Spotify, click here. To listen on iTunes, click here. To listen on Google Podcasts, click here. To listen on Amazon Music, click here.Continue reading “Episode 73 – Jeff and Laura New Year Q&A”

Episode 72 – The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune Book Club

This week Jeff and Laura are joined by members of the Dialogue Doctor Slack Community to discuss TJ Klune’s amazing book, The House in the Cerulean Sea. We talk characterization, demonstrating character growth through voice, using repeated scenes to show character growth, and writing dialogue for a Big Cast (3-5 characters in a scene). TheContinue reading “Episode 72 – The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune Book Club”

Episode 71 – SW Millar

In this episode, SW Millar (also on episode 58) returns with a new scene from his short story, “A Thief’s Magic.” Shane and Jeff discuss using dialogue tags, making sure the reader has cinematic awareness of the scene, emotional pacing, and communicating characterization through choices the characters make. You can find more of SW Millar’sContinue reading “Episode 71 – SW Millar”