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So now that we know how to write believable dialogue, it helps to talk about how to actually begin the dialogue.

The listener needs to know—within the first couple of lines of dialogue—who is talking, where they are, and why they're having this conversation.

No small task—but there are tricks!

Videos in this series:

  1. The Five Rules of Great Radio: Rule 1

  2. The Five Rules of Great Radio: Rule 2

  3. The Five Rules of Great Radio: Rule 3

  4. The Five Rules of Great Radio: Rule 4 (a)

  5. The Five Rules of Great Radio: Rule 4 (b)

  6. The Five Rules of Great Radio: Rule 5

  7. How to Get Your Creative Approved

  8. Should You Appeal to Your Audience's Right Brain or Left Brain?

  9. Dialogue Writing, Part 1: Chaos Is Good!

10. Dialogue Writing, Part 2: Where to Start

11. Think Landing Page, Not Phone Number

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brent Walker is owner of Soundscapes, creative audio for broadcast and emerging media. Contact him by phone at 501-661-1765 or via the Soundscapes website