We sometimes get repetitions in the topics we do at Write Club. There are two reasons for this: one, apart from a select few who have stuck it out throughout, the group is not static. So as new members come in and host, they invariably pick up one subject or the other which has already been done. I don’t discourage them from doing this because I think they’re better off hosting on topics that they’re interested in rather than ones that I want them to do.
And then sometimes we re-do a topic because we think the previous sessions did not cover it fully. For instance, characterization is a large topic which cannot be entirely dealt with in two hours. Same with plot and viewpoint. And with dialogue. Entire books have been written on how to write good dialogue, and it is the one thing that really separates the amateur from the professional. So it’s no surprise we keep returning to dialogue in our sessions, and I am sure we will continue to do so in the future too.
Anyway, this one was Meetup 66, hosted by Kalyan. The exercises are self-explanatory, so is the accompanying text. Here Kalyan has chosen to focus on action tags and their function. Interspersing action with dialogue is the easiest way to achieve the right rhythm in your dialogue, so please take the time to look at this, do your research, experiment, and have fun.
And of course, as always, if you have any questions, my email and my comment space is always open.