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Episode 75 – Writing in Community with Laura Humm, Faye Whyte, and Amy Schottenfels – a discussion about working together on a book.

Episode 74 – Alicia McCalla and Emotional Flow – Alicia and Jeff talk about world-building, emotional flow, and internal monologue.

Episode 73 – Jeff and Laura New Year Q&A – talk about managing projects and goals.

Episode 72 – The House in the Cerulean Sea Book Club – we talk character transformation and dialogue in this master-level work.

Episode 71 – SW Millar – dialogue tags, emotional pacing, and characterization.

Episode 70 – Three Story Method Editors on Editing – 7 editors join Jeff to talk about what editors do for writers.

Episode 69 – Laura with Elizabeth Lynn Seaton – in her first solo episode, Laura talks to Lynn about moving a scene with a lot of description to a more engaging scene based in dialogue.

Episode 68 – Jeff and Laura Q&A – Jeff and Laura answer questions about realism in dialogue and the speed of a scene.

Episode 67 – Dennis Kurlas Book Coaching – In this episode, Jeff and Dennis look at two scenes together and give you an inside look at Dialogue Doctor Book Coaching.

Episode 66 – Crys Cain and What Good is Prose? – In this episode, Jeff and Crys talk about writing everything around the dialogue.

Episode 65 – Eric Heuser Returns – Jeff and Eric go back to a scene they first discussed in episode 35.

Episode 64 – JP Rindfliesch and Christine Daigle – Jeff, JP, and Christine talk editing and serialized fiction.

Episode 63 – Scott Fishman – Jeff and Scott talk about making memoirs more engaging.

Episode 62 – Book Club – Freaky Deaky by Elmore Leonard – Jeff, Laura, and the community talk about Elmore Leonard’s dialogue.

Episode 61 – Faye Whyte Returns – Jeff and Faye talk about spatial awareness and body language.

Episode 60 – Vehicles, Engines, Anchors, and Hazards – In a solo episode, Jeff talked through new terms about taking a read on an emotional journey.

Episode 59 – Lisa Young – Jeff and Lisa work on the emotional content of a piece together.

Episode 58 – SW Millar – Jeff and Shane look through a piece together.

Episode 57 – Building a Character Voice that Empowers Plot – Jeff and Laura demonstrate how they work from plot to voice.

Episode 56 – Jeff and Laura Q&A + New Tools – Jeff and Laura reflect on a mini-conference and reveal new things.

Episode 55 – The 7 Deadly Sins of Dialogue – Jeff gets into the most common mistakes he sees authors making.

Episode 54 – Tom Holbrook – Jeff and Tom go deep into editing after building a character wheel chart.

Episode 53 – Marry Morrison – Jeff and Mary get into spicing up a memoir with dialogue.

Episode 52 – Q&A Year One Celebration – Jeff, Laura, and Carin get together to review what they’ve learned.

Episode 51 – Ray Bradbury – Members of the DD Slack group examine All Summers in a Day by Ray Bradbury

Episode 50 – Faye Whyte and a Series – Jeff and Faye talk through character change in her series.

Episode 49 – Laura Interviews Jeff – Jeff is put in the hot seat for the first time in the podcast

Episode 48 – JM Bedard – Jeff and JM talk big cast scenes and nonverbal characters.

Episode 47 – Dialogue Tags Q&A – Laura and Jeff talk all things dialogue tags.

Episode 46 – Emmie B – Jeff and Emmie talk writing changing POV for big cast scenes

Episode 45 – Understanding Characterization After Party – a group comes together to talk about lessons learned from the conference this weekend.

Episode 44 – Book Club – Borrowed Time by Tracy Clark – The group returns to dig into a wonderful mystery.

Episode 43 – Flannery O’Conner Character Wheel – Jeff and the gang build a character wheel from a short story.

Episode 42 – Deconstructing Story Structure – In this solo episode, Jeff takes a different look at story and what it is.

Episode 41 – Matty Dalrymple Returns – Jeff and Matty look at a piece Matty wrote and go deep into keeping the dialogue moving.

Episode 40 – Angela Ackerman – Jeff and Jeannette talk writing with Angela Ackerman.

Episode 39 – Ran Weingartner – Jeff and Ran talk about emotion in short fiction.

Episode 38 – Modulating Character Voices – In a solo episode, Jeff breaks down why and how to modulate a character’s voice.

Episode 37 – Katlyn Duncan Jeff and Katlyn work together on the emotional tone of a chapter.

Episode 36 – Guardians of the Galaxy Character Wheel – Jeff and other dialogue fanatics break down the voices of this great cast of characters.

Episode 35 – Eric Heuser – Jeff and Eric work together on the emotional build of his scene.

Episode 34 – The Enneagram and the Maxey Co. – Jeff and Wendy talk to Morgan and Robby Maxey about the Enneagram and how it can be a tool for authors.

Episode 33 – Jane Gorman – Jeff and Jane work through her character voices while they look at a wonderful scene Jane wrote.

Episode 32 – BOOK CLUB – The Sun Also Rises – Jeff comes together with Laura, Faye, and Vince to talk about Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises”

Episode 31 – Q & A – Jeff sits down with Michele Tracy Berger and Laura Humm to discuss the question, “What is something authors do in dialogue that makes you want to put the book down?”

Episode 30 – James Jones – Jeff and James talk about dialogue vs plot, emotional flow, and the cadence of characters.

Episode 29 – Modulating Voices – In a solo episode, Jeff describes modulating voices for emotional impact.

Episode 28 – Doug Sjoquist – Jeff and Doug talk about dialogue in action scenes and emotional flow.

Episode 27 – Sacha Black – Jeff and Sacha look at a piece Sacha is working on and discuss a wide variety of topics about writing.

Episode 26 – Lethal Weapon Character Wheel – Jeff, Laura, and Tory Element break down the character voices in the movie Lethal Weapon

Episode 25 – The Dialogue Daisy – In a solo show, Jeff lays out his system for characterization

Episode 24 – Understanding Gender Diversity and Gender Mapping – Jeff is joined by a panel of friends to learn from Dr. Paz Galupo and Carin Galupo about Gender Mapping.

Episode 23 – Die Hard Character Wheel Panel Discussion – Jeff and Laura are joined by Tory Element and Faye Whyte to build a character wheel for John McClane.

Episode 22 – Holiday Special – Jeff brings on his three brothers-in-law and his wife to talk Christmas Vacation the movie.

Episode 21 – John Sales – Jeff and John look at the movie Ground Hog Day.

Episode 20 – Victoria Tait – Jeff and Victoria talk about writing “big cast” scenes and making smooth transitions in dialogue.

Episode 19 – Panel Discussion on Writing a Dialogue Only First Draft – Jeff and friends sit down to discuss writing in a different way.

Episode 18 – Sherilyn Decter – Jeff and Sheri talk about character voices and writing children.

Episode 17 – BOOK CLUB – We look at Beloved by Toni Morrison

Episode 16 with Lily Fouts – Jeff and Lily examine a scene of her memoir.

Episode 15 with Laura Humm – Jeff and Laura attack the question, “What is one thing you can start doing right now to improve your dialogue?”

Episode 14 with Tory Element – Jeff and Tory work on a science fiction piece together.

Episode 13 with Wendy Elkins – Jeff and Wendy read a scene from when Harry Met Sally

Episode 12 with Matty Dalrymple – Jeff and Matty discuss carrying a character across a series and audiobooks.

Episode 11 with Jeff Elkins – Jeff edits the first book he ever wrote.

Episode 10 with SA Schneider – SA Schneider and Jeff talk fan fiction and writing Doctor Who.

Episode 9 with Laura Humm – Laura returns to the podcast to talk about building a large cast of characters.

Episode 8 with Sherilyn Decter – Jeff and Sharilyn sit down to discuss a piece together.

Episode 7 with Rachael Muller – Jeff and Rachael discuss scenes from the TV show, The X Files.

Episode 6 with Janet Kitto – Jeff and Janet sit down to design a character Janet is preparing to write.

Episode 5 with Laura Humm – Jeff and Laura sit down to discuss what makes great dialogue.

Episode 4 with J Thorn – Jeff and J sit down to discuss the first chapter of a book J is starting.

Episode 3 with Rachael Muller – Jeff and Rachael discuss scenes from the TV show, The Magicians.

Episode 2 with Alicia McCalla – A conversation about Alicia’s work, the need for diverse characters, and writing unique voices.

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