1. Keep your characters ignorant. Don’t play the scene as if the character knows the ending before it happens.
2. Become the character.
3. It’s not the transcript. Take it slowly when writing dialogue. Include dialogue important to the story.
4. Make every word count.
5. Realistic dialogue involves rising conflict.
6. More on why less is more.
7. Writing dialogue is a multi-draft thing.
8. Yes, you can use adverbs – judiciously.
9. Avoid repeating what the reader knows.
10. Stick to the people you know.
11. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
12. Trust your taste.