Realistic, Entertaining Dialogue

As a writer the thing I struggle the most with is how to keep character dialogue interesting and entertaining, yet realistic at the same time. Cue helpful article link: Keys to Realistic Dialogue (Part I)


To Write, or not to Write, this is not the Question:

The real question is what to write and how to write it.

Growing up I was taught by pop culture that writers just sit down one day after the inspiration has struck them, and type up a masterpiece overnight.  Au contraire! How wrong that belief is. I mean, obviously it might be the case with some of the literary geniuses  out there, but in my case it was quite the opposite. Took me foreeeeeever to finish my first novel. Obviously I still have a lot to learn and I’ll be the first to admit that I went about things(world creation, storyline plotting, etcetera) the wrong way, yet I don’t ever see myself being one of the guys who types up an entire publishable novel in three metaphorical seconds flat.   So if you’re one of those talented few, ‘Teach me, sensei!”