Dialogue is the stuff that comes up between those paragraphs of description you’ve been writing. It has the benefit of being a more interesting means of explanation than simple exposition. When a character is telling another character about something, the reader is more engaged in what is being said than if they are forced to read pages of narrative.
What can be learned from this? Characters are more interesting than we could ever hope to be (excluding, of course, the Dos Equis guy, though he is also a character).
Dialogue: (n) conversation between two or more persons
This is where the old adage “Show, don’t tell” comes into play. The Wikipedia article on “Show, don’t tell” has this to say on the subject.
Show, don’t tell is an admonition to fiction writers to write in a manner that allows the reader to experience the story through a character’s action, words, thoughts, senses, and feelings rather than through the narrator’s exposition, summarization, and description. The advice is not to be heavy-handed, or to drown the reader in adjectives, but to allow issues to emerge from the text instead. The advice applies equally to fiction and nonfiction.
Right, so that’s basically what we just said. So, how do we dialogue? Here are some links to help:
Lots of writers abhor “said bookisms”, also known as “dialogue tags”. We would never presume to tell you how to write, so we’re going to let someone else do it! Below are a few links to persuade you either way on the topic of “said”.
We hope those links are of some use to you (click them, they are actually helpful)!