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.


Identify your authorial intent. Remove all lines of dialog that don’t support that intent.

The Murder of Mr. Wickham, by Claudia Gray

2 thoughts on “17.29: The Job of Dialogue”

  1. This week, the talking heads, Dan, Mary Robinette, Maurice, and Howard, dipped into the job of dialogue in writing. Why do we have characters talk? Move the story forward, provide information, and help with characterization? Entertainment! Banter! Make info dumps less painful? Maid-and-butler dialogue? There’s a lot covered, and you can read alll about it in the transcript available now in the archives.

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