For our May “Learn to Write by Reading” challenge, we invited you to examine books that had great dialogue. Now, apply what you learned to your own manuscript.
Good dialogue sounds realistic but isn’t. In real life, people ramble, stutter, and spend way too long on irrelevant niceties. Dialogue in your story should be pithy, entertaining, and advance the plot. Write a conversation between two of your characters as you think it would unfold in real life. Then, using the book you read for this month’s challenge as a model, go back and tighten the dialogue to remove the irrelevant fluff that can stall a story.