Oh crap! Am I bad at dialogue?!?

Another WIP check in…kinda of today. Today I want to talk about something I recently discovered while working on draft 5939583495 of my YA sports romance book. (HAHA, that’s not the real number, I just literally have changed this book so much recently, I don’t really know what number I am at.).

I’ve been plugging along at my book, and honestly it is so much better than it once was. I like it so much more, and I feel like maybe it actually has a chance. Who knows though! I always used to think dialogue was the easiest thing to write, but I’ve been reading more in the YA romance genre and I started noticing a thing about dialogue and how the way I write doesn’t look like that. I mean sometimes it’s good, but other times it’s just lines and lines of words in quotes.

Here’s an example.

“Blah blah blah,” I told him.

He laughed and nodded. “Yeah, blah blah blah.”

“Blah blah blah.”

“Blah blah blah”

“blah blah blah”

“Blah blah blah blah blah.”

Okay…I think you get it. The first two lines are good, but those four lines of just dialogue with no indication of what the other people are feeling, I don’t think that’s good! Just that little piece isn’t bad…but I have pages of that at times. I think it’s good to discover these things now, and I’m trying to go back and correct everything now. I think there is still so much I need to learn about writing, but I really am trying to learn it all.

So, maybe I’m not terrible at dialogue, but I’m glad I can use this as a learning experience now so I can correct in the future.

What do you think? Is there a right or wrong way to write dialogue?

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