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Writing Realistic Dialogue and Flash Fiction explores why and how authentic, realistic dialogue works to engage the emotions of the reader and even catalogs the nuances of the sounds of individual letters and words and the effect of those nuances on the reader.
Paperback, 148 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Central Avenue Press (first published September 1st 2004)
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Catrina Barton
Jul 20, 2012 Catrina Barton rated it it was ok
I think all of his books are great for beginning writers. Not much help to one who has been in the business as long as I have. He does offer some great tips for newbies though.
S.K.Fischer
May 17, 2015 S.K.Fischer rated it it was amazing
Interesting fact. I read this on my Kindle and I've realised that my reading pace is much faster on this medium than reading in hard print. But I would love to own a copy of this book that I could touch, underline, fold corners and mull over.It would live with my thesaurus and Elements of Style on the corner of my desk.

This is an absolute must for any new fiction writer. Stanbroughwrites fluently and concisely on the topics/problems that all new writers face (andI thought I was the only one).

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Gregg Rowe
May 20, 2013 Gregg Rowe rated it it was amazing
Is your flash fiction stifled with hardly any dialogue?

Harvey shows you how to write dialogue that will push your plot forward, and you get to practice a lot too.

Even through dialogue, it will show who your character is, and he guarentees you can write a 99 word flash fiction with just dialogue, providing examples, including a clever little piece titled "At Confession", a brilliant 55-word conversational flash fiction.
John Lee
Jan 26, 2016 John Lee rated it it was amazing
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This author writes the most concise books with great examples. I used a highlighter and pen and turned this thing into a tool and 4 years later I'm still jumping back to it occasionally.

Oh, and if you're not into flash fiction, don't worry; it's a small section in the book.

Excellent resource.
Jennifer Worrell
Jun 29, 2015 Jennifer Worrell rated it liked it
Here's the thing: it's not to say that this book doesn't offer good advice; some of it is. It's also fairly 101-type stuff. The thing that bothers me is that he uses mostly his own writing as examples of good dialogue, and stuff he's edited for others as examples of bad.
Allan Fisher
May 01, 2013 Allan Fisher rated it really liked it
Little gem of a book if you are interested in the nuances of dialogue... Some intriguing suggestions littered throughout... I will probably re-read soon...
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Harvey Stanbrough was born in New Mexico, seasoned in Texas, and baked in Arizona. After having survived a 21-year civilian-appreciation course in the US Marine Corps, Harvey managed to sneak up on a bachelor’s degree at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales in 1996. Harvey has written and published nine nonfiction ebooks on writing, including Punctuation for Writers and Writing Realistic Dial ...more
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