Sometimes i get worried i write too much dialogue but there is not much to write as description.. idk. Any advice you could give?
Straight dialogue is the best way to drag anyone directly into the middle of a scene. Without description, it’s up to the reader to subconsciously create a backdrop for the conversation. As long as you stay in character, then readers soak up everything that they’re ‘listening’ to.
Avoid ‘descriptive dialogue’. The characters are talking to each other, not the reader. The reader becomes an audience member. Imagine that as you’re writing, your characters are speaking aloud. If you don’t think that the words fit from your character’s mouth, don’t have them say it.
The beauty of pure dialogue is that you can make the reader keep guessing. Details become slowly revealed and there’s a greater scope for interpretation. Plus, dialogue-only sections are more of a challenge and serve to improve your writing altogether.
Don’t worry about description too much. It’s much easier to add description later. Leave the dialogue-only scene for a while and then go back to it. Are there actions between lines that need to be shown to readers? Why is the description important? What does it add to your scene?
In longer pieces, description serves as scene-setting and a push along through the story. It’s all balance. It always depends on the story and your individual characters. Listen to where they take you, and, as with every piece of writing advice, make sure that you read around your preferred genre to pick up good habits from other writers. Don’t second-guess yourself. A lot of writing is instinct, and as you practice, you’ll improve and naturally begin to understand where the description and dialogue balance should stand in your own work.
this is really good advice, Helen, thank you! :3