I'm now working on two different manuscripts. And what I like most is dialogue. Conversation between my characters is just awesome to me. And it's fun. Putting words into their mouths makes my day. After some editing and everything comes together it is such a thrill. I would like to get some other feedback on adding dialogue.

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When it works, for me, both in what I read and what I write - dialogue drives a story. I love it. Characters live and breathe through dialogue. I come to know them - believe in them when dialogue is written well. I especially love it when characters interact, one-on-one, with little or no interuption from the narrator. It's intimate and revealing. You can create tension, suspense, mystery... all with the things people say to each other.

Of course, as with anything in good storytelling, it has to be active. While I love reading great dialogue, I hate - HATE - reading boring conversations that don't move the story forward, or offer important revelations about characters.
Yes. I don't subscribe to story as "mirroring life". If there's no conflict (which doesn't have to be expressed in anger) to move the story forward, it should be cut.
I love doing dialogue. Probably because I see the scene in my mind as a movie. I am considering writing a mystery stage comedy as it's pretty easy for me to write dialogue. Maybe it's the reason I can do caricature: I can easily detect differences in one face to another, same as in speech patterns. I need to research guidelines/contests so that I am writing to their requirements. Have you considered writing plays, also?

Good to see someone so joyful in their work! Take care.
My main problem when I write dialogue is that I try and give expression to the characters as they are speaking. It sometimes reads okay, but sometimes, if I have written the scene over a period of time, I read it back and it seems like everyone is nodding and shrugging and sighing like it is some kind of twitch-fest.
I always place myself in the role of actor. After I write my dialogue I record it out loud on a small recorder and play it over and over again, mainly as I ride down the road. Then I tweak the problem areas immediately, add new stuff that comes into my head, then rewrite when I have a moment. Hearing it as I drive points out the phony, stilted parts and helps me find the real voices as I go along. It's an invaluable tool.
George...I share your enthusiasm...My characters are composites of people I know so it's like old home week to listen to them...The cool thing for me is that I don't put words in their mouths, half the time I'm surprised by what they say because, well mental defects aside, it's a whole different world where they are...Sometimes they react differently than I thought they would, but it's their world and I'm just a reporter of it...But I thrive on dialogue because that's life which to me is the basic of any story...
Here's a good article on dialogue.

by James Wood in the New Yorker using Richard Price's Lush Life as an example.


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