Supercharge Your Dialogue

How to Make Your Characters Speak for Themselves

Your characters have something important to say. How they say it can be the difference between a book that will touch your readers' hearts and one they forget as soon as they close the pages.  

Dialogue done well is a big part of what brings your characters to life. Done poorly, it can make them sound cardboard and cartoonish. 

Most writers fall between the two extremes. Their dialogue is just...adequate. Which means, while they're not writing badly, they're missing an opportunity to make their books truly stand out. Great dialogue makes great characters shine.

That's what this course is designed to help you do. In it, you'll learn:

  • how dialogue differs from real-world speech
  • how to structure and punctuate dialogue 
  • how to handle dialect and accents
  • how to give your characters distinctive voices
  • how and when to use speech tags for maximum effect
  • how to weave in sensory details, internal monologue, backstory, and exposition
  • how to use subtext to deepen and enrich your story


The course includes video lessons, quizzes, and examples from contemporary bestselling novels to help you transform stilted, awkward, melodramatic, or average dialogue into effective, natural-sounding conversation. 

It's self-study, but that doesn't mean you're on your own. If you get stuck or have questions, you can always email me at jaden@jadenterrell.com

Curriculum

Module 1: The Illusion of Speech

Module 2: Just the Basics

Module 3: Weaving In and Fleshing Out

Module 4: Unique Voices

Module 5: Integration and Subtext

Jaden Terrell
Jaden Terrell
Instructor

About the instructor

Jaden Terrell is a Shamus Award finalist and the author of the internationally published, Nashville-based Jared McKean private detective mysteries. She's a contributor to the International Thriller Writers' Big Thrill online magazine and to Now Write! Mysteries, a collection of writing exercises published by Tarcher/Penguin for writers of crime fiction. 

Terrell is a recipient of several awards for service to the crime writing community, including the 2017 Killer Nashville Builder Award and two awards for service to the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (SEMWA): the 2009 Magnolia Award and the 2017 Silver Quill Award. 

A former special education teacher with thirty years of experience as a teacher and trainer, Terrell is a writing coach and consultant who also teaches workshops on the craft and business of writing fiction. Contact her at: http://www.jadenterrell.com.

BEFORE YOU REGISTER (IMPORTANT):
This class is free if you have the monthly Supercharge Your Writing subscription. Please don't buy it if you have purchased--or intend to purchase--that.

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