Playing Tennis Without A Ball (or a racquet, or a net, or a court, or a Serena Williams signature dress, etc.) with Pam Houston July 7th
Dialogue. Some writers love it, some writers fear it, and all of us, sometimes, could ask it to work harder than we do. I tend to think of great dialogue as a game of tennis between two not very good players. Each player has his own agenda--to win--they keep lobbing the ball over the other players head, hitting shots that hit the top of the net and die on the other side, and all the well, but the game is anything but seamless, and the tension builds. We will talk about the things that dialogue is good for (building tension, developing character) and some things it is not so good for (revealing back story, advancing the plot) and how every line of dialogue ought to be doing at least two things at once. We will do some dialogue related writing in class.