I think this is true for me. I notice that I have a tendency to write around dialogue. Why? 

Possibly because I tend to be a very quiet person. I don’t talk much. I observe a lot. 

I find when writing anything, my novel or a short story, I put dialogue in but in a very superficial way. I write in general what I think the characters say. I assume on going back and rewriting. 

Now, lest you say, don’t your characters talk to you? Well of course they do. They tend to tell me though, of the internal workings of their minds. How they felt about something. What they were thinking when an event happened. 

Much like I see the world around me, so do my characters. Now, it is the not so simple task of taking the internal and changing it into external dialogue. 

I have read some books where the dialogue was so stiff, I thought, no one speaks like that. This is my fear. 

I don’t want to write dialogue that will make people think, no one speaks that way. 

Ah, dialogue.  Are you my Achilles heel or my style?

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