“Are you ready to go, Pookums?”
“Yes, it is.”
“Such an interesting life we lead.”
Oh, really? Not if this dialogue is any indication. Characters can declare their feelings all they want, but it’s the reader who must be touched for your tale to work—and dull, two-dimensional dialogue is an instant story killer.
One of the fastest ways to improve your fiction is to sharpen your characters’ discourse. You can do this effectively by considering mood, pace, and meaning.
Dialogue that’s consistent with the mood of a novel can help pull readers into emotional moments and deepen the reading experience. In Robert B. Parker’s Double Play, World War II ...