How to Write a Script With Dialogue That Doesn’t Suck (ScriptBully Book Series)

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"What I love about Michael Rogan's screenwriting books is that not only do they point out why you suck as a writer, but they offer some really great exercises and tips to get your creative mojo on." -Crispy

"Michael Rogan has done it again! "How to Write a Script With Dialogue That Doesn't Suck" is another entry in his screenwriting series and once again he's hit it out of the park. This impressive resource is the best and most useful book I've ever read regarding dialogue." -Jennifer

"Mr. Rogan has an easy and approachable style that avoids any hint of condescension. He sets out in one easy-to-read format a myriad of good writing techniques for aspiring scriptwriters. I would argue that this book is equally invaluable for film critics as it artfully demonstrates the essential elements of a good film (unless your idea of a good film is Transformers-esque eye candy, in which case, this book is NOT for you.)" -MRA

Want to know how to write a script that people will remember, and can catch the attention of producers and other above-the-line talent? (Don’t worry about agents; they don’t want to talk to you.

Nail your dialogue.


Now I know you’ve heard all the maxims:

• Film is a Visual Medium
• You Can Either Write Dialogue Or You Can’t

And they both sound very logical. And esteemed writers, such as David Mamet, have been preaching them for years.

But, in my not so humble opinion, they’re both total bullcrap.

Yes, when learning how to write a movie you want to focus on structure and plot. And you don’t want dialogue-heavy scenes where characters sit in coffee shops for three pages.

But dialogue is the ONE PART of movie scripts that readers, producers, story editors and development exectuives will absolutely read.

The same can’t be said for your scene description.

I know, that breaks your heart. (You spent hours working on your lean description of a car chase involving nuns on mopeds.)

But when skimming, and lots of script readers skim, dialogue is the most efficient/easiest way to do it.

So if it’s so important how he heck do we get you better at it.

In “How to Write a Script With Dialogue That Doesn't Suck” I go over:

• What the #@$%% is Script Dialogue Supposed to Do Anyway?
• How to Write Script Dialogue That Doesn’t Suck
• How to Write Make Sure Your Characters Don’t All Sound Alike
• How to Beg, Borrow and Steal Your Way to Awesome Script Dialogue

And a whole lot more.

I won’t ask you to enter into immersion therapy or a past-life seminar.

I’ll just share with some practical techniques for learning how to figure out a) good script dialogue is and b) how to write it and c) make sure it fits in with your overall story.

So give my little eBook “How to Write a Script with Dialogue That Doesn't Suck” a try. I can’t guarantee if you follow the steps in this book you’ll sell your script.

(Nobody can do that.)

But I do promise if you work at it you can get 150 percent at writing dialogue.

And doing that might just make you a career.

Good luck with your writing!

Product Details

  • File Size: 1029 KB
  • Print Length: 79 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 18, 2013
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083V27N6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

The antidote to "Die Hard on a bridge"

7 people found this helpful.
 on June 28, 2012
By Laura Roberts
As Rogan notes, while it’s hard to become a master of dialogue, it’s NOT all that hard to become decent at it. In fact, “All you gotta do is have your dialogue be ‘fun’ for actors to say.”

Writing dialogue is EASY … for some

One person found this helpful.
 on February 27, 2015
By Joe Z
I write dialogue, a lot of it, maybe too much of it. You see, I’m not into narrative, flowery descriptions of every minute detail, puffed-up prose. For me, it’s all about the characters. So I may stilt on the description. My beautiful, red-hair tomboy living in a backwater of the Southern US may not be yours, so I leave it at that and let you fill in the blanks. But I can do dialogue. Having said that, if you are dialogue-challenged – read this book, read it again, then study it, seriously. Don’t worry about sneaking around eavesdropping. You’re not an NSA drone. ALL dialogue is edited. Otherwise we’d have a lot of er and uh and like and so I said and he, uh, he was kind of like, uh, I mean can you believe it? Bottom line? 4 stars easy.

Don’t pass this one up

 on May 23, 2015
By bennie
There have been many, many books written about dialogue, but at a mere 78 pages, this book trumps nearly all of them. Rogan’s advice is practical and accessible, with excellent examples that perfectly illustrate his points. I have been trudging through another writing book from a so-called master, and found his thoughts a bit disjointed, rambling and difficult to follow. I promise you that you won’t find any of that here.

Every promise fulfilled

One person found this helpful.
 on March 30, 2014
By Sprocket
I imagine living with Michael Rogan is a bit like like trying to keep a thousand crazy monkeys in line for their turn at the typewriter. Like a bee in a bottle it took me quite by surprise, and I loved it – not for the edgy forced American humour at all, but for the genuine wisdom it disguised.

Wildly refreshing.

 on March 10, 2017
By Nik
Short, sweet, and to the point; it offered sideways tips the more couth would deem unprofessional. The idea of a swipe list of lines in particular revolutionized my technique and since starting that, I have been an unrelenting dynamo of ideas. It’s all thanks to this guy.

Short and Sweet

 on July 24, 2013
By Snarf40
When I first got this, I was worried that it might have been a waste of money because it was a bit short. But it’s that way because Michael Rogan doesn’t put in a lot of filler like you see in so many other how-to books. The advice and instruction in this book are very helpful. If you’re writing a lot of scripts, this should guide you towards some improvement in your dialog.

Brevity is the soul of wit.

 on March 9, 2014
By Lauren H.
And this book sums that up very well.

Five Stars

 on October 1, 2017
By Dear Reader
Very excellent scissors.

Great Guide

 on April 13, 2015
By K.M. Weiland, Author of Historical and Speculative Fiction
This is a really great little guide, full of punchy and easily actionable suggestions. Some more examples from great scripts wouldn’t have gone amiss, but, as it is, it’s a fast read that offers something of value on pretty much every page.

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