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TV Dialogue 101 (PT51)

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Alex and Nick look at the importance of dialogue in TV writing, and give an overview of what makes it stand out.

What can you use dialogue for? What makes good or bad dialogue? How do you introduce character quirks in the dialogue? What are some common pitfalls in dialogue writing? How do you fix bad dialogue?

Plus, we respond to a review and talk over-used pitches.

The Paper Team trades words…



Odds-and-ends: Review & Pitches (00:48)
1 – Purpose of dialogue (09:06)
2 – Specificities of dialogue: style and character (13:08)
3 – Finding your dialogue (16:38)
4 – What makes bad dialogue and how to fix it (22:41)
Takeaways and Resources (34:42)


Mark Duplass
Big Brother Live Feeds
The Newsroom
Littlefinger’s “Chaos is a Ladder” speech from Game of Thrones (Video)
“Oh, hi Mark” scene from The Room (Video)
Draft Zero Podcast


“Dialogue Secrets” – William C. Martell

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Alex Freedman & Nick Watson

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