Writing good dialogue is hard. Whether you’re a novice writer or you have plenty of experience, dialogue is one of those things that takes more time and effort to polish to a shine than you may realize.
One of the big reasons good dialogue is difficult is because most of us tend to write the way we speak – which is both good and bad. Good because you want dialogue to flow naturally, to a degree. Bad because you want dialogue to be interesting as well as natural-sounding, which means that you have to find a way to make your dialogue pull double duty in text. It has to sound like it was spoken by real people, yes. But it can’t simply be dropped into the text the way that real people actually speak.
So, without further ado, here are some resources that you can use to help you write better dialogue.
Basic Dialogue Writing Resources
Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction Dialogue
Creating Slang and Swears in Fantasy and Science Fiction
Dialogue in Historical Fiction (+ Some Resources)
Writing a Child’s/Young Teen’s Dialogue
Dialogue and the Telephone
Formatting Internal Dialogue
Here are some exercises for those of you who want to work on your dialogue.