Last week I took a great on line writing class titled ‘Editing Dialogue’ taught by Christine Fairchild. The class was packed with information. It was well organized, the lessons clearly written and easily understood even though the subject matter was complex.
Just a few of the things she helped us with were:
Make your story move through speech.
Build tension on every page.
Internal vs. External and Primary vs. Secondary Character Communications.
Reveal Characters’ Hopes, Needs and Fears.
Remember, Dialogue IS action.
There were six lessons, which I immediately printed out and keep with the printed manuscript I’m editing:
1. Reveal Characterization & Delineate Characters
2. Influence Character Development (Primary vs. Secondary)
3. Build *Effective* Subtext & Foreshadowing
4. Drive Pacing
5. Shape Action
6. Build Plot
Ms. Fairchild offered great examples of writing dialogue. She was available for every student, reading our work, commenting on how to improve the dialogue in our stories, and making the class fun and exciting. She showed advanced knowledge of the subject, as she should with her background.
Ms. Fairchild has over 20 years of experience as a writer and editor and has written 2 historical women’s fiction works as well as a Romantic Suspense.
Here are some other classes taught by Ms. Fairchild:
Adventures in Editing
The Hero’s Journey
11 Edits You Must Make To Look Like a Pro
You can get free editing and writing tips at her blog: http://EditorDevil. blogspot. com
I highly recommend her classes for any author who wants to revise that first draft, or the fiftieth, to make it a hot commodity. I couldn’t believe how much was packed into a one week class. Please, do yourself a favor, and check out Christine Fairchild. Visit her blog. Goggle her. Read her books. Take her classes. You’ll be a better writer for it.