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The Fiction Writer's Guide to Dialogue: A Fresh Look at an Essential Ingredient of the Craft

The Fiction Writer's Guide to Dialogue: A Fresh Look at an Essential Ingredient of the Craft

by John Hough Jr.

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Overview

Dialogue is often overlooked as a necessary and potent instrument in the novelist’s repertoire. A novel can rise or fall on the strength of its dialogue. Superb dialogue can make a superb novel. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “Action is character.” George V. Higgins said, “Dialogue is character.” They were both right, because dialogue is action. It comprises much, if not all, of the clarifying drama of any novel. How much physical action can there be in 300 pages, even in a crime novel or a thriller? And all conflict, even physical, begins as dialogue.

Hough explains how dialogue can reveal a character’s nature as well as his or her defining impulses and emotions. He says there must be tension in every colloquy in fiction, and shows the reader ways to achieve it. Hough illustrates his precepts with examples from his own work and from that of the best modern writers of dialogue, including Cormac McCarthy, Kent Haruf, Joan Didion, Annie Proulx, Lee Smith, Elmore Leonard, George V. Higgins, William Kennedy and Howard Frank Mosher. He cites early 20th century writers who refined and advanced dialogue as an art form: Ernest Hemingway, Ring Lardner, Dorothy Parker, and William Saroyan.

Hough’s novel Seen the Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Gettysburg was praised by Lee Smith as containing “the best dialogue of the period I have ever read.” Hough on Dialogue will give writers and aspiring writers a fresh look at one of the essential ingredients of their craft.

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ISBN-13: 9781621534495
Publisher: Allworth
Publication date: 02/17/2015
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 96,835
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

John Hough, Jr. grew up on Cape Cod and graduated from Haverford College. He is the author of six novels, including Seen the Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Gettysburg, winner of the 2010 W. Y. Boyd Aware for excellence in military fiction from the American Library Association, and Little Bighorn (Arcade 2014). Mr. Hough teaches creative writing at his home on Martha’s Vineyard and in the island’s Adult Community Education program. For many years he taught dialogue at SEAK, Inc. fiction writing conferences. He lives with his wife in West Tisbury.

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