17.31: Everyone Has an Agenda
Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Maurice Broaddus, and Howard Tayler
We’ve mentioned “area of intention” earlier in this dialog master class, but now the concept gets the spotlight. If all of your characters have their own agendas, their own areas of intention, then the dialog between them should reflect that.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Daniel Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson.
Homework: Identify the characters’ areas of intent. Remove all lines of dialog that don’t support that intent.
Thing of the week: The Essential Guide to Comic Book Lettering, by Nate Piekos.
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