Matt focused on some key components of effective dialogue that every writer can apply immediately to their own work:
- Great dialogue enable the reader to interact with characters, not the writer.
- Dialogue is never polished in the first draft.
- You can summarize dialogue.
- Keep things organic. Readers can tell when dialogue is stilted or forced.
Matt read some excerpts from several books and it cemented how difficult dialogue can be to write. My first step in revising my own novel will be to rework the dialogue. Thanks a ton, Matt!