Sometimes dialogue can be tough! Below are a few quick tips to help you get over the hurdle!
1. Listen up – Every person has a different way of speaking. Our accents are influenced by our geographical locations and our peers. Notice the slang terms used by the people around you. Notice the inflection on their words and their mannerisms as they speak. Keep a notebook handy to make notes about interesting patterns and habits you observe.
2. Move Along – Make sure you don’t use dialogue as filler in your novel. The words spoken by your characters should help to move the plot forward and should not bog it down.
4. Punctuate – Take the time to punctuate your dialogue correctly. Doing so will insure it flows when read.
Hope these tips help in your writing journey!
Monique O’Connor James