DMarie84 wrote:In addition to age, dialogue should also reflect your speaker’s education, social status, ethnicity, and location in place and time.
That's exactly what we talked about last week at my writer's critique. It's especially hard when one is writing a story that takes place in a different part of the world; you have to look into how they relate to one another, since other parts of the world are considerably more formal than we are (example: Japanese language is very formal, with addressing people based on age and status, as well as generally being quite reserved).
I absolutely love writing dialogue--my writer's group has told me that my writing is a bit too dialogue-driven at times. BUT they also have said that's my strongest point in writing (go figure ).
I suppose my last challenge entry (many, many moons ago, lol) is my best example of dialogue.
Dara, since dialogue is your strong point (and it REALLY is!), and you love it so much--how about some advice? Do you have anything to add to what I posted?