- It invites readers into your story,
- it lets them participate in your experience,
- it acquaints readers with a character’s personality, values, perspective, and attitude,
- it can offer readers noteworthy information,
- and it can provide readers with backstory—significant events from the past.
But writing dialogue can be tricky. How do you reconstruct a conversation from 50 years ago, or even five years ago?
You can’t—at least not 100 per cent accurately—because, unless you wrote it down at the time, or have a recording, you must rely on memory, and we all know memory has a way of making everything foggy.
write in such a way that readers understand the dialogue represents the conversation's true message. Determine to avoid misleading readers in every detail.
“In writing dialogue don’t write every word,” says Nancy Ellen Dodd. “For one, that would be boring, and two, it slows down the pacing. Write what is necessary to get the point across. That being said, you may have a character who is verbose and a character who barely completes a thought…. Keep dialogue brief and cut unnecessary words, unless the character is verbose.”