I separate writing into steps, so work with me here, and read twice if you need to start over after the end. This is an excerpt from chapter thirteen in a writing of mine, so don’t read for content; read for basic instruction to help focus on one writing aspect at a time.
Personally, I like to write out my dialogue at once, using an abbreviation for who’s speaking, so I know who’s speaking when I come back. This way, I don’t have to worry about description, but I can simply concentrate on the art of conversation.
In this scene, my protagonist, Amea (A), is crying with her back to the door when Emmy (E) checks on her.
E—It’s Emmy.” “Are you crying?”
A—What are you doing here? Where’s Leena?
E—Still sleeping.” “I was in the garden. I don’t play much, but do you…
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