Many authors love writing dialogue. In fact, I am betting this is one of the biggest reasons that so many authors love writing in first person. Essentially this is straight-up dialogue with your main character talking to the reader. However, although many love writing dialogue, there are far too many stories where I see the dialogue adding absolutely nothing to the story. What authors have to remember is that dialogue is not simply characters talking. It is an integral part of the entire story.
When it comes to dialogue, we have to remember 5 basic facts:
- What we hear has to be believable
- The dialogue needs to add to character development
- It should advance the plot
- It should add a layer of backstory and depth
- It should assist with heightening the conflict and tension