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Ep 5.04 - LIVE! Developing Character Through Dialogue

Ep 5.04 - LIVE! Developing Character Through Dialogue

January 29, 2020

Josh, Scott, and Chuck discuss developing unique sounding characters through dialogue.

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Developing Characters Through Dialogue

Hosts: Josh Hayes, Scott Moon, C. Steven Manley

[00:00] Opening remarks

[04:25] Sponsor: TS Hottle’s GoFundMe [link]

[04:45] Weekly update

Scott: ‘Reaper 9 ‘complete, working ‘Reaper 10’; chiropracting and recreational violence

Chuck: Attempts at using Excel, breaking the ‘chain’, and accountability

Josh: Secret story project, ‘Enemy of Valor’ progress

[15:25] KeyStroWriMo update!

[19:30] Main Event: Dialogue!

-Can you write a character that’s a pile of crap (actual, not figurative or morally bankrupt)? – yes, through non-verbal means or through a means of translation.

-Character voice through background, societal level, and personality; idiosyncracies and phrases Example: In Military Science Fiction, a corporal vs. a general will speak quite differently because of their position and level within the hierarchy

-Character voice similarity – word choice, actions, inner dialogue, words vs. actions, characters notice different things.

-Example: Hayley Stone’s ‘Make Me No Grave’ - Apostle vs. Alameda in dialogue and narrative devices [link]

-Dialogue and accent: NO (exception: it works in audiobooks). Sprinkle reminders that a character is not a native speaker (missing words or native words/phrases used in place of common English)

-‘The Expanse’ series example, contrasting Christjen Avasarala and Alex Kamal [link]

-Example: ‘Galaxy’s Edge’’s Lo Pac character [link]

-Example: ‘Firefly’s unique dialogue and phrases owned by characters (Kaylee vs. Wash) [link]

-Different types of humor – dry, literal, sardonic, gallows, humorless

-Excited utterances – What a character says under stress often brings out the truth of the character.

-Example: Sandor Clegane in ‘Game of Thrones’ [link]

-Example: Malcolm Reynolds leadership quality in ‘Firefly’ [link]

-Example: The Last Airbender series [link]

-Lengthy, dialogue is fine, but it must serve the needs of the character and the story.

-Action beats and dialogue tags.

-Plot vs. Dialogue and avoiding infodumps. Storytelling by characters or mission briefs of how things should go vs. what goes down.

-Example: John Scalzi’s FTL in ‘The Collapsing Empire’ series [link]

-Example: ‘So there I was’ in infinite military stories

-Example: Sanderson’s use of unique dialogue for each character in his books. Rock vs. Kaladin in The Stormlight Archive [link]

-Example: ‘Galaxy’s Edge’ Ford vs. Keel [link]

-Josh’s Fangirling over Sanderson.

-Sanderson’s 2020 course [link]

[1:00:40] Closing remarks

-Fish Fact Finding.

-Dialogue is the easiest thing to mess up.

-Joshua Gayou’s interview with Georg Rockall-Schmidt [link]

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The Look & Sound of the Written Word with Terry Maggert, Ep. 2.04

The Look & Sound of the Written Word with Terry Maggert, Ep. 2.04

January 23, 2020

Professor "TMag" Terry returns.

Tonight we're talking about aesthetics--how to craft your writing by paying attention to how the words look on the page and sound when read aloud. We'll talk literary devices, poetry, prose, and audio books, and get into something special Professor TMag calls "critical spacing."

Get your binders full of notes ready because tonight, class is in session!

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Ep. 5.03 - LIVE! Avoiding Scams as a Writer w/ Dan Alatorre

Ep. 5.03 - LIVE! Avoiding Scams as a Writer w/ Dan Alatorre

January 20, 2020

USA Today bestselling author Dan Alatorre joins Scott and Josh to talk about his newest thriller Rogue Elements and how to watch out for, and deal with, scams as a writer.

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Managing Reader Expectations with Molly Lerma, Ep. 203

Managing Reader Expectations with Molly Lerma, Ep. 203

January 17, 2020

Our guest tonight is a debut novelist crushing it in sales. One key to her success--managing reader expectations.

In this episode of The Writer's Journey, we talk about how to set reader expectations with your genre, blurb, and cover; meet them in your story; and adjust to reader feedback using beta readers, Facebook groups, and reviews. We'll also touch on audio production.

So... all around, a jam-packed episode. Ready?

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Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 01 - Archetypes

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 01 - Archetypes

January 14, 2020

We take one part coffee - One part Concept - All Keystroke Medium! Join Walt and Luke to talk about Archetypes.

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Ep. 5.02 - LIVE! Story, What’s It All About?

Ep. 5.02 - LIVE! Story, What’s It All About?

January 14, 2020

Season 5 is all about getting back to the basics of writing. Today, Josh, Scott, and Chuck talk about Story, and with the help of the live audience, create a road map for making your next story better.

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Building Tension in Your Novel with Terry Maggert, Ep. 2.02

Building Tension in Your Novel with Terry Maggert, Ep. 2.02

January 9, 2020

What's the difference between a book that reads like a bestseller and Grandma's grocery list? Tension! (And Metamucil.)

Author and MFA creative writing instructor Terry Maggert joins us tonight to chat about pacing, conflict, and raising the stakes, on this Season 2 opener for The Writer's Journey.

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Ep. 5.01 - LIVE! Writing Goals for 2020

Ep. 5.01 - LIVE! Writing Goals for 2020

January 7, 2020

Josh, Scott and Chuck talk about their goals for writing in 2020!

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Season 2 Opener – AMA! Ep. 2.01

Season 2 Opener – AMA! Ep. 2.01

January 6, 2020

Walt joins Lauren and Kalene to talk about New Years plans and field audience questions. Join us live to fire away!

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Ep. 4.49 - LIVE! Season 4 Finale

Ep. 4.49 - LIVE! Season 4 Finale

January 3, 2020

Chuck, Scott, and Josh wrap up Season 4 with a bang!

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