I’m going to discuss dialogue a little further. I believe a lot of people believe dialogue is easy to write. I for one don’t think it is. You are supposed to keep it realistic, but not make it exactly how we talk. We can’t use all the um’s, that’s, you know, ect.
Writing use to have a formal more formal dialogue. Now we tend to try to write closer to a natural conversation. The best way to get a feel for realistic dialogue is listening to someone’s conversation with another person. Yes, you will have to ease drop, but it could be fun. The dialogue we write for fiction has to have more umph, focus and relevance to it than a normal conversation, so it is not boring to the reading. Use contractions whenever possible. We have to get to the point of the conversation much quicker. Your dialogue needs to show your characters and what emotion
Dialogue can have grammatical errors, but you do have to keep the characters voice in mind and keep it readable. You do not want it to sound as if you are giving a speech, unless that’s what your character is doing.
Word choice tells a reader a lot about a person: appearance, ethnicity, sexuality, background, and morality. Pick your words carefully because you are conveying lots of information about your character.