17.28: Keys to Writing Dialog

Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Maurice Broaddus, and Howard Tayler

Writer, teacher, and community organizer Maurice Broaddus joins us for an eight-episode mini-master-class on writing dialogue. In this episode he walks us through his three keys: pay attention to how people speak, write in a way that evokes how they speak, and write dialogue that makes individual characters distinctive.

Liner Notes: We mention Descript transcription software in this episode. Here’s a link!

Credits: This episode was recorded by Daniel Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson.


Record (with permission!) a conversation of at least 15 minutes. Transcribe it.

Sweep of Stars, by Maurice Broaddus

2 thoughts on “17.28: Keys to Writing Dialog”

  1. This week, the talkative quartet of Dan, Mary Robinette, Maurice, and Howard talked about writing dialog. Listening to dialog, evoking it, and making different characters’ voices unique. Err and uh! Recording a conversation and transcribing it. What makes the dialog of a character work? Keep talking, and then compress it! Read all about it in the transcript available now in the archives.

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