Today’s blog tagline (5/29/21) from Neil Gaiman asserts that [writing is mostly] “one word after another.” And Stephen King says (somewhere in On Writing) that it’s “one word at a time.” I guess these things are true and who would know better than these two guys. But when I’m writing dialogue, I know I’m in deep shit with the story and characters if I find myself thinking up stuff for someone to say next. If the characters and story are really working, dialogue flows naturally from the characters and the scene – it’s not “What do I want Sammy or Barkis or Evangeline to say next?” It’s me scribbling down what I hear them say next, like I’m on the seat behind them in the bus or in the next booth at The Tin Hat, eavesdropping.

How does it work for you?