“Well, that’s rude. I just wanted you to feel the hot, dry, skin-cracking, desert air.” The writer clenched her teeth and swallowed hard.
The character shook her head. “I get it, but why don’t I just say, ‘This desert air is killing me. Look, my lips are bleeding.’ Dialog is active and involves the reader. It falls in that overused line, ‘show - don’t tell.’
Okay – so you get my point, right? Don’t you just hate reading paragraph after paragraph of description or information? If you’re like me you start skimming until you find dialog. That should never happen.
Let’s face it – a story is all about interaction – which is dialog. And if you’re honest, you know when you’ve gone on too long with descriptions, flashbacks, or even thoughts. Dialog is the action maker. Dialog keeps us connected with the characters. Dialog reveals personality and exposes what i…