Give Brad Geagley his props: he has published multiple books and has professional Hollywood credits. So when someone who gets paid for doing what I dream about speaks, I listen.
Brad’s blog has a collection of several articles on writing how-to’s. I will be featuring a few over the coming weeks. The link today ties to his discussion on writing dialog. Below I’ve pasted a snippet of his opinion about the purpose dialog serves.
Dialog has three purposes in all the media I’ve mentioned –
- To reveal (or suggest) the nature of each character
- Provide the audience with essential information
- To advance the plot
And in a novel, there is a fourth task:
4. Get into a character’s head and actually learn what he is thinking.
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