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200px-Pinky_and_the_Brain_vol1I’ve already mentioned how studying plays can help to step up your dialogue. Now I’m giving you an excuse to sit and watch some cartoons.  Wait. What?

That’s right.  I said WATCH SOME CARTOONS.  But not just any cartoon. We’re digging up 90’s favorite “Pinky and the Brain”.  [Downloads are available on Amazon or buy the DVD.  We’ve got it at the local library, so check there first.]

Some of us were watching this as adults way back when.  Guilty pleasure then, must-do now. And here’s why:

Besides being hilariously funny, episodes are structured around a running dialogue (there’s that word again) between the two main characters who are genetically altered lab mice, one a giant-noggined big-brain and the other a lovable ‘narf’-spouting fool.

The dialogue is what makes the show.  It’s intelligent, witty, and it draws you completely and totally in. And that is exactly what you want to do in your writing. Good dialogue builds interesting characters. It is, in fact, the key to good characters.

So, when your spouse asks what are you going to do tonight, dear? Tell him that you are watching Brain try to take over the world again!

I promise that it won’t be time wasted, that your writing will be improved. That’s if you can stop laughing long enough to pick up a pen again.  🙂

Happy viewing!

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