I have had the great privilege to belong to many writers' critique groups over my working life. Some have worked better than others.
All have been helpful.
Even before anyone uttered a word of critique, the process of hearing my work being read aloud was beneficial. Remember Duke Ellington’s rule on jazz?
“If it sounds good, it is good.”
How to make sure dialogue has intensity?
A few carefully honed words of dialogue can work better than paragraphs of explanation. Dialogue is character- specific. It moves your plot. It proclaims voice. Good dialogue has timing - it rings right in the ear.
So go ahead and speak your written exchanges aloud, too.
Remember the Duke!
You can find these and many other bon mots in my guide ELEMENTS OF THE NOVEL, published by New Street Communications. Elements of the Novel
To celebrate the release of New Street Communication’s audiobook of my novel
leave a comment here between now and April 11 and I will be happy to enter you in a drawing for a free download of the book from Audible.com.