Dialogue is usually my favorite part of a novel. The moments that make me laugh, gasp, groan, or cry are almost always spoken by one of the characters. So it could be said that good dialogue makes a good story, and vice versa.
But for some reason, dialogue is always low on my list of priorities. I’m fascinated with learning how to craft a gripping plot, better prose, stunning twists and surprise endings.
But dialogue? Hey, I already know how to do that. The words go inside the little squiggly marks.
Let's take a closer look at dialogue—and see how we can improve it.