- Limit the amount of explanation
- Make it sound natural, but not too natural
- Insert actions between large patches of dialogue to help break it up
- Don’t say too much
- Read dialogue out loud to see if it flows
1) Why is it bad to use synonyms for “said”? Repeating the same word over and over annoys me. >_<
2) If the characters know something the reader doesn’t, is it then OK to have them state the obvious?
3) How do you convey an accent without totally mucking up the dialogue?