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The Dialogue Doctor Podcast
88 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Episode 52 - Q&A One Year Celebration
In this episode, Jeff and Laura are joined by their friend Carin. With Carin as the host, they review what they've learned about dialogue, what has surprised them about working with clients, and what is coming in year two of the Dialogue Doctor. For more on writing dialogue, check out https://dialoguedoctor.com/
72 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Episode 51 - An Examination of Ray Bradbury's All Summer in a Day
In this episode, members of the Dialogue Doctor Slack group come together to analyze the short story All Summer in a Day. They discuss big chorus scenes, using dialogue to convey emotion, and pulling a reader in through dialogue. For more on dialogue, check out DialogueDoctor.com.
91 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Episode 50 - Faye Whyte and Plotting a Series
In this episode, Faye Whyte returns to the podcast to talk through her series with Jeff. Together she and Jeff work through questions of character transformation over a three-book arch. Asking simple questions, together they brainstorm how the characters will interact change over the course of the story. For more on dialogue and writing, check out https://dialoguedoctor.com/
50 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Episode 49 - Laura Interviews Jeff
In this special holiday edition of the podcast, Laura puts Jeff in the hot seat for the first time. For more, check out DialogueDoctor.com.
53 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Episode 48 - JM Bedard
In this episode, Jeff sits down with author JM Bedard to look at a science fiction piece Jeannette wrote. They talk about strategically utilizing self-talk and nonverbal characters. They also discuss keeping all the characters engaged in a "big cast" scene and ensuring you know how your characters feel about each other. For more on writing dialogue, check out www.DialogueDoctor.com.
38 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Episode 47 - Dialogue Tags
In this episode, Jeff and Laura talk about the "he said," "she said," "they said" (dialogue tags) that are the bane of an author's existence. They break down when to place them in a sentence and why, how to use them with different size casts, and why Laura wants authors to change it up a little. For more on dialogue, check out https://dialoguedoctor.com/
49 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Episode 46 - Emmie B
In this episode, Jeff sits down with middle-grade author Emmie B to look at a scene from a new series she is currently working on. Jeff and Emmie talk about changing points of view, choosing to be in a scene rather than summarize, and writing dialogue with three or more characters. For more of Emmie B's work, check out her site at https://www.emmiebbooks.com/ For more from the Dialogue Doctor, go to www.DialogueDoctor.com
46 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Episode 45 - Understanding Characterization After Party
In this episode, Jeff and Laura and joined by a few attendees of their conference this weekend to talk about takeaways from the weekend. They discuss what they learned, Laura gives us a deeper breakdown on how to design a voice, and Jeff goes into what makes up a personality of a character. For more, head over to https://dialoguedoctor.com/
66 minutes | May 31, 2021
Episode 44 - Book Club - Borrowed Time by Tracy Clark
In this episode, Jeff and Laura get together with Dialogue Doctor gang members Tom Holbrook and Vincent Stanley to talk about the book Borrowed Time by Tracy Clark. Grab your copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Borrowed-Time-Chicago-Mystery-Book-ebook/dp/B07H1YCW7C/ To find Tracy Clark on the web, go to https://tracyclarkbooks.com/
88 minutes | May 24, 2021
Episode 43 - Flannery O'Connor Character Wheel
In this episode, Jeff is joined by Laura Humm, Faye Whyte, and Tom Sullivant to build a character wheel for the Flannery O'Connor short story A Good Man is Hard to Find. They talk about how to build a character voice chart from a short story and how to use that chart to expand the short story into a novel. For more on building character voice, go to DialogueDoctor.com.
45 minutes | May 17, 2021
Episode 42 - Deconstructing Story Structure
In this solo episode, Jeff talks about what deconstruction is and then applies it to story structure in hopes of helping authors move past difficult moments in writing. Jeff shares the journey he's been on with story structure, he breaks it down to its three basic components and then talks about scene construction. Jeff encourages writers to always ask the question, "How does this make the reader feel?" For more, go to https://dialoguedoctor.com
76 minutes | May 10, 2021
Episode 41 - Matty Dalrymple Returns
Matty Dalrymple is the author of the Lizzy Ballard Thrillers and the Ann Kinner Novels. She is also the host of the fabulous Indy Author Podcast. (Matty first appeared on the Dialogue Doctor in session 12.) In this episode, Jeff and Matty talk about dialogue attributions, introducing characters effectively, adding big personalities to spice up the dialogue, and creating a sense of energy in your writing. For more of Matty's fiction, check out https://www.mattydalrymple.com/ To hear the Indy Author Podcast, go to https://www.theindyauthor.com/podcast.html For more from the Dialogue Doctor, go to https://dialoguedoctor.com/
67 minutes | May 3, 2021
Episode 40 - Angela Ackerman
Angela Ackerman is one of the co-founders of Writer's Helping Writers and One Stop for Writers. She is also the co-author of 8 different writer's thesauri designed to help writers improve their craft. In this episode, Jeff and author Jeannette Bedard fan out about Angela's work and talk to her about realistic sounding emotions. Check out all of Angela's tools at WritersHelpingWriters.net. For more on dialogue, go to DialogueDoctor.com.
74 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Episode 39 - Ran Weingartner
In this episode, Jeff sits down with Ran Weingartner to look at a wonderful piece Ran wrote. They discuss the emotionality of the piece, how characters need to respond to each other in an emotional scene, using inner thoughts from a 1st Person Point of View, and much more. For more on dialogue and to jump in on the Dialogue Doctor Experience, go to https://dialoguedoctor.com/
59 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Episode 38 - Modulating Character Voices
This week Jeff is alone on the show talking about modulating a character's voice. He begins by talking about the emotional flow of a story, he then transitions into talking about the emotional flow of a scene, he then talks about modulating voices as a tool to communicate emotional flow. For more, check out https://dialoguedoctor.com/ If you want to look at Kurt Vonnegut's the Shape of Story, check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP3c1h8v2ZQ
65 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Episode 37 - Katlyn Duncan
In this episode, Jeff sits down with the amazing Katlyn Duncan to look over a chapter she is working on. Katlyn is an author and YouTuber. While they work on the chapter, they discuss slowing down to bring the reader on an emotional journey, being strategic with character relationships, being clear about who is speaking, and the voices of authority figures and teenagers. To find Katlyn Duncan on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGt6DZxV_F379yzxO2QQTFw To check out Katlyn's amazing books - http://www.katlynduncan.com/ For more from the Dialogue Doctor - https://dialoguedoctor.com/
61 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Episode 36 - Guardians of the Galaxy Character Wheel
In this episode, Jeff and Laura are joined by other dialogue fanatics to build a character wheel chart for the movie Guardians of the Galaxy. They talk about how background leads to personality, and how personality translates into a character voice. For more on dialogue, go to DialogueDoctor.com.
71 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Episode 35 - Eric Heuser
This week Jeff sits down with author Eric Heuser to talk about the impact of summaries on our story, slowing our pacing down so our readers can feel the emotional build of a moment, being clear with self-talk, and much more. For more, head over to DialogueDoctor.com. Subscribe to the weekly newsletter and get your free book full of wonderful tips and tricks.
70 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Episode 34 - The Enneagram with The Maxey Co.
In this episode, Jeff and his wife, Wendy, sit down with Morgan and Robby Maxey of the Maxey Co. Together, Morgan and Robby help people and organizations build positive relationships and reach their potential through the enneagram. In the discussion, they cover the enneagram, talk about its impact on their lives, and look at how it can be a useful tool for a writer. For more from the Maxey Co., go to - https://themaxeyco.com/ Or find Robby and Morgan on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/themaxeyco/ To get engaged in the Dialogue Doctor community, go to https://dialoguedoctor.com/
56 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Episode 33 - Jane Gorman
In this episode, Jeff sits down with Jane Gorman, the author of the Cape May Cozy Mysteries and the Adam Kaminski Mystery. This episode was originally recorded back in October of 2020. While looking at a rough draft chapter from her Cape May Cozy Mysteries, Jeff and Jane talk about keeping the reader engaged by staying in the dialogue, using verbal ticks to enhance emotional resonance in the dialogue, using repeated scenes in your story, and having characters play off of one another. To find Jane's work, check out her website at https://www.janegorman.com/index.html Since the recording of this episode, Jane has published the Cape May Mysteries. You can find the finished books on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Scones-Scofflaws-Cape-Mysteries-Twist-ebook/dp/B08PW7M9JC/
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