•work through a decision that must be made, debate or discussion, but only while it’s still moving the story forward (often you want them to actually do these things; but some are just stupid, and they will destroy your character’s credibility if they do more than immediately discount them.
fastest part of prose is well written dialogue
Often dialogue is about two things: what it’s about, and something else.
Two people with different agendas:
Jeff: “I hate Myrtle, she’s always so sneaky.”
Jenny: “She‘s not so bad.”
defending herself; defending her gender; just being contrary (cramps, or she’s mad at Jeff); she genuinely likes Myrtle; she‘s being sarcastic; =She’s= not so bad, but you or someone else is; she doesn’t like being negative.
Figure out what is being said out loud and what’s under it. make sure they both point toward what the next action in your story, or toward developing the theme of your story.