17.29: The Job of Dialogue
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Maurice Broaddus, and Howard Tayler
We’re back with Maurice Broaddus for the second in our eight-episode mini-master-class on writing dialogue. This time around we’re addressing the question of dialogue’s “job.” What’s it for? Why is this particular bit of dialogue in this scene, this chapter, this book?
Credits: This episode was recorded by Daniel Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson.
Homework: Identify your authorial intent. Remove all lines of dialog that don’t support that intent.
Thing of the week: The Murder of Mr. Wickham, by Claudia Gray.
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