Advice on Writing Great Dialogue #FridayFunReads

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Crafting Dynamic Dialogue: The Complete Guide to Speaking, Conversing, Arguing, and Thinking in Fiction (Creative Writing Essentials)

Edited by Cheryl St. John


What Amazon Says


Write authentic dialogue that invigorates your story!


Exceptional dialogue isn’t just important when writing fiction–it’s essential. In order to impress an agent or editor and keep readers turning pages, you need to deliver truly standout dialogue in every scene. Crafting Dynamic Dialogue will give you the techniques and examples you need to impress your readers.


This book is a comprehensive guide to writing compelling dialogue that rings true. Each section is packed with advice and instruction from best-selling authors and instructors like Nancy Kress, Elizabeth Sims, Steven James, Deborah Halverson, James Scott Bell, Donald Maass, Cheryl St. John, and many others. They’ll show you how to:


  • Bend the rules to create a specific effect
  • Understand the role of dialogue in reader engagement
  • Use dialect and jargon effectively
  • Give every character a believable, unique voice
  • Set the pace and tone
  • Reveal specific character background details
  • Generate tension and suspense
  • Utilize internal dialogue

Whether you’re writing flash fiction, a short story, or a novel-length manuscript, Crafting Dynamic Dialogue will help you develop, write, and refine dialogue to keep your readers hooked.


My Thoughts


I like how many of the authors who contribute to this book provide excerpts from published works to emphasize certain points about dialogue. Some of the novels and stories referenced I haven’t read at all, and others I haven’t read in years. Some contributors suggest exercises, one of which, in part, inspired last Thursday’s six-sentence story post.

Although some of the advice is conflicting, it’s still advice you can take or leave. I hope to use some of these authors’ techniques in my own writing. I’m a firm believer in showing and not telling. If you want to learn how to write effective dialog that shows your reader your story, this book is for you.


By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.


New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

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When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.



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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at:

6 thoughts on “Advice on Writing Great Dialogue #FridayFunReads”

  1. Good morning Abbie.
    This is a great review. But, once again, you neglected to provide a link to the book or information where you read it.
    It is very important when reviewing a book to make certain to include the purchase info and if it is accessible, the download info.
    Otherwise, great post.
    I’ll be sharing later today.
    It would be great if you maybe edited the post to include this info.


    1. At the top of the page, if you click on the title, you should be taken to the book’s Amazon Kindle page. I just tried it a minute ago, and it worked.

      For most of my followers, who don’t read books in accessible formats, such information wouldn’t apply. Most of the bloggers I follow, sighted or blind, don’t provide this information. However, I’m glad to provide such information in the comments if someone inquires or if I know a particular follower commenting reads books in accessible formats.

      So, for your information, Creating Dynamic Dialog can be downloaded from Bookshare at: The Kindle version I linked to above is text-to-speech enabled. Thank you for reading and commenting.


      1. OK, that’s great about clicking the title, but most people would not know that and you have both sighted and blind readers so it does apply if you intend to make your blog all inclusive.

        You signed on for marketing so that’s my marketing advice.

        If you learn from what you see on other blogs you’ll do well.

        Enough said, I no longer post information which does not include all followers.

        I have 409 subscribers and to date have 1,244 hits on my blog and many of those fall into multiple types of readers thanks and have a great day.


  2. Granted, people may not realize they can click on the title to be taken to the book’s page on Amazon. So, in future posts, I’ll include a link that says something like “Buy from Amazon.” Thank you, Patty, for the advice.


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