Think about releasing the dialogue by allowing your character to clarify; backtracking a little over what they have just said. Think also about repetition, interruption, changing the subject and echoing. Then listen to how dialogue is refracted by the physical world. Cars honking. Animals braying. Plates breaking. All these sounds get in the way and [...]
Avoid people talking in a vacuum! It must be perfectly clear where your characters are and what they are doing while they are talking. Give the reader a chance to breathe and keep his interest alive by removing the obvious answers. Create thrills between the lines. Just as in real life conversations, allow your characters [...]
Show us, don't tell us, what's going on and why. Don't write 'She was loud and rude' but “Get outa my way, you jerk!' she bellowed. Is the character interested by what’s going on? Keep her active – no sitting around, doing nothing as she might walk off stage. Where does she go? Round out [...]
Dialogue is like going out on a date. You never say exactly what you mean but you hint at what you want. You dance around the question instead of coming right out and asking. Listen to each character speak. If you can’t hear your characters speak, then most probably what you want them to say, [...]
Dialogue is give-and-take, a back-and-forth, mostly reflective of the characters' attitudes. Don't attempt to summarise what's going on, no 'long looks', no direct statements. Just let the words do the talking.
One of the most effective ways of revealing character is through the character presenting himself in his own words. If you just write: “He had no problem in spreading lies and innuendos” you know little about your character, but if you use his words, such as Trump’s words about Obama's birth certificate, you get an [...]
The function of dialogue is to talk the unknown into existence. It conveys information, moves the plot and reveals character. It shows education, class and culture.