17.35: Nuances of Dialog

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

We wrap up our eight-episode dialog master class with a discussion of nuance, which is difficult to describe in a blurb because it’s… well, nuanced. That may sound a bit recursive, but our discussion dives deep into the meta.

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


Create a word list for each of your characters – words only they will use, and words they share.

Unfadeable, by Maurice Broaddus

3 thoughts on “17.35: Nuances of Dialog”

  1. Having word lists for individual characters is something I’ve been doing for a couple of years now. I hadn’t made a easily accessible record, however, of uncommon/unique words shared by groups of characters, and it could prove helpful to do so. Thanks for the idea!

  2. This week, the scintillating foursome, Dan, Mary Robinette, Maurice, and Howard, wrapped up the Master Class on Dialog (aka Dialogue) with a foray into nuance. At the meta level, and as an aspect of words on the page. From the Internet gravity well to Gruss gott! (or grüß Gott) Tonal chinese cursing? A retired Batman for a mentor? Cats talking with buttons, and cursing? That’s golden! Think about the spectrum of nuance, and decide where you want to be. Then… go read all about it in the transcript available now in the archives.

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