This is a fast paced world we live in. We want our news delivered quickly. We want bulleted information instead of sifting through paragraphs upon paragraphs to find what we really wanted all along.
We want to be pulled into a book on the first page, maybe even the first paragraph. And we definitely don’t want to find a potentially good storyline bogged down by conversational chitchat. As with so many other techniques and skills a writer needs to master, learning how to write dialogue is very important.
I’m one of those fortunate writers that don’t have trouble writing dialogue. My people speak to me in my head and their conversations flow easily to my fingertips and keyboard. They don’t tend to bog my mind down with a lot of narrative descriptions. Sometimes I wish they fed me a little more of that, but I can add that stuff in when I’m doing revisions. But many writers struggle with understanding how naturally flowing dialogue should work.
I have added my thoughts on Dialogue: Bringing Characters to Life to the Writing Tips on this blog and to my Writing Tools on my website.