I spent most of today thinking about work, about one minute total exercising (squats), and then when my mental energies were at their lowest ebb, I tried to write a dinner date between my two lead characters.
I definitely could have gotten down more words if it wasn’t for one simple fact: I suck at imagining dialogue.
I knew what I wanted: a few minutes of flirting and a tiny bit of character building, leading to the formation of a working relationship, cemented by a team-building escape from certain death.
I knew I wanted them to be into each other, but subtly so. The dialogue had to avoid info-dumps but still give a little incluing. They needed to have their own unique voices, and follow their own motives. I wanted a bit of Tarantinoesque discussion of something not central to the plot, but instead matching the tone.
Basically, I think I asked too much from a first Draft… still pretty happy with the result.
How do you go about writing dialogue? Any books that have great dialogue?