iOS app Android app

Dialogue

Why Your Dialogue Is Terrible

G. Doucette | Posted 03.31.2014 | Books
G. Doucette

I'm not completely positive good dialogue writing can actually be taught, but since that would invalidate the entire point of this article I'm going to try and explain some of what makes that dialogue of yours bad, and what you can do to fix it.

"You're Edgy and Irritable" My Wife Says

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.24.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

My characters and their dynamisms derive from some hidden (or maybe not-so-well buried) place within me. I cannot "leave them behind" at the office.

Congressional Outreach on Energy Policy

Bill Squadron | Posted 03.21.2014 | DC
Bill Squadron

At a time when Congress' reputation is increasingly of a body prone to stalemated, agenda-driven partisan politics, several leaders committed to finding thoughtful solutions to our nation's energy policy challenges are demonstrating a determination to blunt that image.

Jewish Intermarriage and Israel

Benjamin Barer | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Benjamin Barer

To claim that the decline in my generation's attachment to Israel is principally due to our being a generation of less connected Jews is to cling too strongly to the ideology that the modern State of Israel is and always will be a bona fide marker of a Jew's commitment to his or her religion.

An Appreciation of Ian G. Barbour (1923-2013)

Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D. | Posted 03.11.2014 | Science
Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D.

Ian loved books: He loved reading them, writing them and vigorously critiquing and defending them among people he valued more than any book. I believe he would happily have approved of Donne's metaphoric description of "the life of the world to come" as a library.

Change the Conversation, Change the World

Hildy Gottlieb | Posted 02.16.2014 | Impact
Hildy Gottlieb

"Have real conversations about the world you both want," I repeated. "Effective conversations aren't about blaming and posturing. What kind of world does Mr. Politician really want? You'll only know by asking and truly listening, by having those real conversations."

10 Practice Tips and Activities to Improve Your Interview Skills

Nikki Stone | Posted 02.08.2014 | Small Business
Nikki Stone

Interviews can be extremely important and can be quite influential in the outcome of your career. Knowing how important an interview can be, isn't it worth putting in the time to perfect your skills?

Pirira: A Riveting New Play by J. Stephen Brantley

Christopher Atamian | Posted 01.27.2014 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

Truly well-written and thought-provoking plays are hard to come by, but Theater 167's presentation of J. Stephen Brantley's Pirira, which I caught at its recent extended run at the West End Theater, comes pretty close to being as transcendental as any that I have seen in the past few years.

Creating Dialog on Approaches for 'Psychosis' in New Jersey

Ron Unger | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Ron Unger

What would happen if professionals opened their minds about the nature of madness? What new possibilities might be created if they questioned labels ...

Parents: What Are You Worried About?

Neale Godfrey | Posted 11.04.2013 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

When your kids aren't even walking or talking, are you worrying about getting them into the best preschool and how you're going to pay for it? Are you thinking about moving so you will be in the best possible school district for public schooling?

How Would America's Founding Fathers React to Syria?

Craig Considine | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics
Craig Considine

Arguably, by intervening in Syria's civil war, President Obama is ignoring Washington's advice and repeating the mistakes of the Bush administration in aggressively invading foreign countries that pose little threat to the direct security of American citizens.

African Hustler Handbook Has Solutions

Clarah Rudo Manuhwa | Posted 10.03.2013 | Impact
Clarah Rudo Manuhwa

We do know by heart very well from front to back the hustler handbook. We , the young people of Africa are still hopeful and we want the international...

Humanity Needs a Touch of Magical Interfaith Dialogue

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Arzu Kaya Uranli

I'm not sure how many times I have been asked how I felt knowing that "Islam" was behind the bombing as far as many were concerned, since the bombers were Muslim.

'So... Who's The Bride?'

Jamie McGonnigal | Posted 06.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Jamie McGonnigal

Luckily, we haven't run into any outright bigotry with any of our wedding vendors, so we feel very fortunate. But every time I see a form or am asked for the name of my soon-to-be wife, it's another conversation to have.

Anger Management For A Movement

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 06.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

This week I had one of those productive conversations on transgender issues with a manager. She confessed that she had deliberately steered away from reading about these issues in the past, though not from squeamishness but because "both sides just seem so angry all the time."

Filmmaker Sheds Light on Mental Illness

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 06.12.2013 | Impact
Gregory G. Allen

There is a new film hitting the film festivals with a very heavy subject. French filmmaker Jonathan Bucari has written and directed a short film about mental illness and the effects it has on a family.

It's Time to Stop Scapegoating the Mentally Ill for Gun Violence

Alex Knepper | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Alex Knepper

While President Barack Obama and the National Rifle Association have very real philosophical differences regarding gun ownership, they agree on at lea...

The Real Face Of The Gay Marriage Opposition Is Actually Pretty Nice

Troy Campbell | Posted 06.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Troy Campbell

For many liberals who believe in gay marriage, it seems obvious that any good person would support gay marriage. As a result, they may automatically think that anyone who disagrees must be a monster. However, Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) shatters this image.

6 Tips For Christians On Talking To Non-Christians

Chris Stedman | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Chris Stedman

As an atheist and an interfaith activist, I encounter my share of stereotypes and know how it feels to be dismissed not only because of my atheism, but also because of my sexual orientation. More directly, as a former evangelical Christian, I recall feeling misunderstood by society at the time.

Is It Better to Understand Than to Be Understood?

Michele Hunt | Posted 04.30.2013 | Impact
Michele Hunt

Imagine the ripple affect the shift to seeking to understand rather than fighting to be understood could have on racial, cultural, religious understandings, on our understanding each other in our communities.

Is There Absolute Truth?

John Backman | Posted 03.31.2013 | Religion
John Backman

This attitude can have profound effects on our world and our deepest selves. By definition, if our orientation is toward pursuing truth rather than possessing it, we are admitting that we don't know, that there is a great deal left to learn and discover.

Intricacies of Kuki and Naga Ethnocentrism in Manipur

Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 03.30.2013 | World
Nehginpao Kipgen

Though there seems no quick fix to the ongoing problems of the Kukis and the Nagas, it has become an issue that cannot be ignored for too long.

Revising Your Novel: Is Back Story Clogging Your Narrative Flow?

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.16.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

Keep the back story sparse and sprinkle it throughout your book instead of front loading. That way, your narrative tension will be tight instead of slack, and your reader will be drawn forward by wanting to know the story behind the story.

The Zombification of America

Annabel Park | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Annabel Park

This is my fear about America in a nutshell: Are we feeling so alienated from one another that we see the other as zombie-like and worthless? That is, not deserving of compassion, a voice in the political process, or even life?

Why Is My Dialogue Stuck?

Alan Watt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Alan Watt

The surest way to kill the aliveness of our characters is by insisting that they always make sense. When we follow the labyrinth of most conversations, we discover one constant: people always want something.