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The Dialogue Doctor Podcast

Jan 17, 2022

In this episode, Laura sits down with writers Faye and Amy to talk about what it is like to work on a book with someone else. They discuss the benefits of community, how to track an editor's notes, how conflict spurs ideas, and what is the job of an editor.

For more on dialogue or to book coaching sessions with Laura,...


Jan 10, 2022

In this episode, Alicia McCalla (from episode 2) returns to examine a short story she has written for an anthology that she is considering turning into serial fiction. They discuss the emotional movement of the story, they plot out an emotional flow, they talk character transformation, they look at world-building...


Jan 3, 2022

In this episode, Jeff and Laura debate the next Dialogue Doctor tool they are going to build and then discuss their radically different approaches to managing projects and goals.

Because this is a Jeff and Laura Chat episode, here are the time codes:

  • 4:43 - Hot Zoom Chat
  • 5:37 - Personal Stuff
  • 7:27 - Debating the Next...


Dec 20, 2021

This week Jeff and Laura are joined by members of the Dialogue Doctor Slack Community to discuss TJ Klune's amazing book, The House in the Cerulean Sea.

We talk characterization, demonstrating character growth through voice, using repeated scenes to show character growth, and writing dialogue for a Big Cast (3-5...


Dec 13, 2021

In this episode, SW Millar (also on episode 58) returns with a new scene from his short story, "A Thief's Magic." Shane and Jeff discuss using dialogue tags, making sure the reader has cinematic awareness of the scene, emotional pacing, and communicating characterization through choices the characters make.

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