After writing that heading above, I sat and stared at the text box with no idea what to write because what is there to say about dialogue? I’ve always assumed that it’s either something you’re good at, or you’re not.
But let’s talk about dialogue. Are you good at it? Are you awful at it?
I don’t have a drama with writing the actual dialogue, but I struggle with dialogue tags. I’ve read a lot of books that tag absolutely every line of dialogue.
– “She said, blushing.”
– “He said, running a hand over his face.”
– “She said, wiping a cloth over the dining room table.” etc.
Whatever happened to ending dialogue with a simple “he said.” and then letting the reader fill in the gaps? What are your dialogue tags like?
In general, I really enjoy writing dialogue. My first drafts are always dialogue heavy because it’s the easiest way to move the plot along. Do you guys like dialogue too? Or is it the bane of your existence?