Dana Jean asks:
How do you write such smooth dialogue? Dialogue can flow or it can be so stiff, it can ruin an otherwise good story.
Practice is what makes for writing good dialogue. And reading lots of good and bad dialogue in books. And knowing that good dialogue isn’t a transcript of conversation, but a semblance of it — with all the boring bits taken out. Good dialogue is full of sentence fragments and broken bits of speech, and it is written to generate tension, conflict, or humor, unlike our normal day-to-day conversation.
Also, when writing dialogue I have months and months to rewrite it so that a character has just the right cutting response on the tip of his tongue at exactly the moment it’s called for.
What software do you use when you write?
Until the day when designers develop a jack that plugs directly into my brain and downloads my thoughts as a fully formed novel, I will probably stick with Microsoft Word for Mac.