Archive for November, 2012

Talk To Me

Dialogue.  At last, my forte.  As a playwright, all I write is dialogue. We all know dialogue needs to sound natural.  And my blogmates have made great comments and suggestions about how to do this.  So let’s move on from the actual words to the flow of conversation. How many times do your real life […]

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Is It Done Yet?

I count a play done, finished, finito when I sit in the audience and don’t change a thing.  I count it “done” when I am ready to submit. And that then begs the question, “Why am I submitting this?” That’s not a self-depreciating comment about the quality of my work – but a reminder that […]

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Using Dialogue

I’m a huge movie buff.  Part of what I love about a great movie lies in the often snappy dialogue that flies between characters. When that dialogue is working best, it does multiple things- characterize, propel the story forward, serve as the tension, etc., I tend to watch these type of movies over and over.  […]

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Special Edition: The Golden Conversation

By Jennie Jarvis Earlier today, I was fortunate enough to have one of those golden conversations that beginning writers everywhere dream of having. I had a meeting with an agent, and she LOVES my first novel. As an aspiring screenwriter, I worked for years on script after script, submitting them to agents, writing competitions and […]

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An Emmy Nomination for Five Writers Contributor Emilia

Congratulations are in order! The Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced their Midsouth Regional Emmy Award nominations today, and we’re happy to proclaim that a nomination has been bestowed on one of our own. Regular contributor Emilia Fuentes Grant has been nominated for a Regional Emmy in the […]


A Conversation about Dialogue

I was in a two-session writing from prompts workshop recently and one participant mentioned that he was scared of writing dialogue. He didn’t like it and thought he wasn’t good at it. Turns out he wasn’t as awful as he thought and with some tips and encouragement, he began to feel more confident, even two […]

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Listen Up! Dialogue is Awesome.

Dialogue: it’s wonderful. When your characters speak, your readers are engaged. There’s something great about turning the page to find a full page of dialogue waiting. There’s something magnetic about characters’ words. Our eyes are drawn the brakes in paragraphs, the quotation marks, the chance to hear the characters’ thoughts expressed in their own words. […]

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Dialogue: Making My Kryptonite Snappy

By Jennie Jarvis All humans have a weakness. Writers, it seems, have more weaknesses than the rest. Those various colors of kryptonite that can bind us up, take away our powers and make us feel like complete frauds. For me, my biggest writing weakness is dialogue. Being a screenwriter, this may seem like a pretty […]

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