20190626_162554 Šnipiškės: a triangular brick house
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IMG_20170730_170633 Interest Through Contrast
"Contrast is interesting. Contrast is everything," says Arianne "Tex" Thompson at "The Plate Tectonics Theory of Dialogue". Contrast is what makes your story lively and interesting, and it should appear on several levels throughout the story.
Opportunities for contrast exist:
-- between characters
-- within a single character
-- between scenes (varying length, tone, and purpose)
-- within a single scene
-- between chapters and books in the series: "The Empire Strikes Back" versus "Return of the Jedi"
This is a slide from a writers' workshop Arianne "Tex" Thompson gave in Austin in July of 2017, titled "The Plate Tectonics Theory of Dialogue". It looked at dialogue through the metaphor of plate tectonics: your characters are constantly in motion, constantly changing. They clash, collide, fold, buckle, shift. Good dialogue expresses all that.
In the workshop we examined two pieces of dialogue from the television show "The Wire", both about 2 pages long. "Tex" Thompson praises this show for very good dialogue. We examined how the dialogue in those scenes serves to add depth to the characterization and to move the story forward.
This is a second workshop by Tex Thompson that I have been to. The first one was the "Escape from Clichea" fantasy worldbuilding workshop that Tex Thompson gave at ArmadilloCon 2016 (a local science fiction convention). I found it very helpful, entertaining, and full of practical, doable advice. Here is my blog post on Tex Thompson fantasy worldbuilding workshop.