Writing Dialogue: These 5 Stories Will Help You Cope

A lot can be revealed through a conversation. Characters grow right before your eyes, the plot keeps rolling, the story stays engaging, and the pages don’t stop turning.

Dialogue is a sharp storytelling element.

Starting off, it stressed me out. My characters all sounded the same, the conversations wouldn’t add to the story, and I couldn’t tell if an interaction was necessary. So, I’d just avoid the dialogue.

Not the way to go. You practice, but first…

…to write the best, we read the best and hope some of the talent sticks.

Here are five short stories you can use as sources when crafting your dialogue.

Continue reading Writing Dialogue: These 5 Stories Will Help You Cope

Jeremy Ashley Owens: Being “Your Youest You” and Eliminating​ the Judgement in Writing and Performance

Jeremy Ashley Owens found the reading series You’re Being Ridiculous in 2010 and has produced and hosted ever since. Each show is led by a theme and people get together to share stories about their lives. Their motto, “Good stories are better than good times.”

From a previous interview for Windy City TimesOwens explained YBR came from wanting, “to be onstage talking about what I wanted to talk about.” He also desired a “safe, happy place” where he could be in charge of what he wanted to say and have other people with him.

Originally from Stuttgart, Arkansas, “the rice and duck capital OF THE WORLD,” Owens resides in Rogers Park. He’s a co-editor for Heauxs Chicagoand his work has appeared in Oy!Chicago, Role RebootThreadThe Daily Dotand Story Club Magazine. He’s also been featured in live-lit shows Essay Fiesta, Fillet of Solo Theatre Festival, Guts & Glory, Story Club Chicago, Story Sessions, The Paper Machete, This Much Is True, and That’s All She Wrote.

I reached out to Owens to ask about his writing process, advice for nonfiction/performing newcomers, what he looks for when reading YBR submissions and more!

Continue reading Jeremy Ashley Owens: Being “Your Youest You” and Eliminating​ the Judgement in Writing and Performance