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.
In television and movies, the writers often use dialogue to convey information. But in a book, because novelists have more options for conveying information, using dialogue for info dumps is a telltale sign of an amateur. If two characters already know something, they won’t stop to tell each other about it. Read through your own dialogue and highlight any instances of info dumping you find. Now decide if the information is actually necessary to the story. If it is, pick another way to convey it, such as through action, thought, or description.