Write Blockbuster Books Readers Love with Dead Easy Dialogue
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Write Blockbuster Books Readers Love with Dead Easy Dialogue

The Best Way to Transform Your Books and Sell More of Them More Easily is by Writing Dynamic Dialogue
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Created by Geoff Shaw
Last updated 5/2016
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 32 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Write well punctuated dynamic dialogue.
  • Eliminate common dialogue mistakes.
  • Edit dialogue correctly.
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  • You should already be writing or intending to write books for publication.

Dialogue is one of the hardest aspects of writing for most authors, but through this training, I will show you how to easily create dialogue that your readers will love.

I will show you areas where inexperienced authors make a mess of writing dialogue so you don't do the same.

I will show you how to easily have correctly formatted dialogue, with the essentials needed to get your editing right.

Writing good dialogue can help you get higher reader reviews and sell more books and you will have the confidence to write dialogue, even if you have never done so in the past.

You will understand why dialogue is so important to your success as an author.

You will learn techniques to make writing dialogue easier and boost your ability to write a lot more words more easily.

There are currently 33 lectures and over an hour of content.

There are downloadable files and transcriptions of each video.

I’ve structured this course in a simple methodical way based on the best results I’ve had from training thousands of people in book publishing.

You will gain confidence and knowledge that will help you write better stories more easily.

I’ve kept the lectures short and to the point while covering everything you need to succeed.

You can go away in the next day with a whole new understanding of how to write dialogue that your readers will love, that you will enjoy writing, and will make you a more accomplished writer with well edited books that are great to read.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to show rather than tell in their stories.
  • Writers who want to take their storytelling to a higher level by adding the most memorable part of storytelling... the dialogue.
  • Writers who want to improve their reader reviews by having correctly formatted and punctuated dialogue.
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Curriculum For This Course
33 Lectures
Getting Started
5 Lectures 10:11

A brief introduction to Dead Easy Dialogue.

Preview 01:44

Good writing is all about showing rather than telling.

Preview 02:33

Clarity in all aspects of your dialogue will make for a more memorable reader experience.


Good dialogue is simple and keeping it simple makes it easier for you to write better dialogue.

Keeping it Simple

Poorly written and formatted dialogue are one of the main reasons for poor reader reviews.

Reader Reviews
Understanding Dialogue
12 Lectures 22:39

A common mistake writers make is to use impossible tags.

Preview 03:14

The use of action tags and how they can fix a common dialogue problem.

Action Tags

Overuse of adverbs in writing is frowned upon. Here's how to deal with them.


"Said" is the best word to use for tags. Here's why.

Said Says it All

Sometimes there is no alternative than to use a word other than said. Here's what you can do.

Exceptions to Said

Filler words have no place in writing great dialogue.

Filler Words

To keep your dialogue sharp it's best to keep your sentences short. Here's why.

Keeping Sentences Short

For dialogue to be realistic and believable, you need to write in a manner that represents the way people commonly speak to one another.

Incomplete Sentences

Accents can be tricky to write. Here's how to deal with them in your dialogue.


Good dialogue must have a purpose or it shouldn't be in your book.


How to handle character names correctly in your dialogue.

Character Names

Why you need to be careful of using dialogue to explain things.

Explaining Things
Punctuation, Grammar and Formatting
10 Lectures 26:37

How to handle multiple speakers.

Multiple Speakers

Using beats with your dialogue.


Having great dialogue means well punctuated dialogue.


Being aware of the different styles writers apply to their dialogue.

Conflicting Styles

The correct use of quotation marks.

Quotation Marks

Understanding where to place your commas, periods and capitals.

Periods, Commas and Capitals

What ellipses and dashes are and where to use them in your dialogue.

Ellipses and Dashes

Understanding the use and overuse of exclamation points.

Exclamation Points

The correct use of paragraph breaks so your dialogue is correctly formatted and easy to read.

Paragraph Breaks

How to punctuate tags in their various different positions.

Placement of Tags
Special Techniques
5 Lectures 12:02

A simple technique that has helped many authors write lots of great dialogue fast.

Preview 02:30

Using dialogue when outlining your story to get a better feel for the characters and the plot.


A trick to help write dialogue more easily.

Real Life Recording

A simple technique to test whether your dialogue is doing it's job correctly.

Stripped Bare

Testing whether your dialogue sounds realistic and believable.

Final Words
1 Lecture 01:37

Some final words and congratulations on completing the course.

Final Words
About the Instructor
Geoff Shaw
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Author and Business Mentor

I help people to succeed in business so they can enjoy the freedom that comes with a consistent income and financial stability.

There are so many opportunities to build wealth from the comfort and convenience of your own home, or wherever you choose to work.

Over the years I’ve worked with some of the most successful marketers on and offline, and in doing so it has allowed me to share the secrets of success with thousands of others.

I’ve had considerable success since becoming a full time internet marketer in 1998 and have taught thousands of people just like you how to replicate my success.

I have trained people on SEO, Video Marketing, Online Marketing, Offline Marketing, Press Releases, Facebook, Twitter, Google Search, Google AdWords and AdSense, Paid Advertising, Solo Ads, List Building and Email Marketing, Blogging, Persuasion Marketing and eBook Publishing and Marketing.

As a former accountant and business mentor, I know the importance of building a business that will generate an income for the long term. One that will give you the financial security that you need.

Everything I teach is based on genuine and proven business methods, so you know when you invest your time and money into anything I teach, you will get a positive return.

I've been publishing books on Amazon Kindle, iTunes and other online bookstores since the beginning of 2010.

There is no better way to live your life than on your own terms, with the freedom to do what you like, when you like.

You will learn how to do that, from what I teach.