It’s not my favorite thing to do. Firstly, I’m not used to it – not much dialogue in poetry. Secondly, it moves along so fast. The story. The mind. Wondering what next instead of savoring. Writing dialogue tends to get away from me. Ahead of me. And then I have to stop to see if it’s making sense. The conversation. Making dialogue read/sound realistic is also difficult. And each character a difference in speech patterns. All of this is challenging but necessary. Although there won’t be much dialogue in Flirting With The Moon, there will be some – a way, I suppose, for readers to get to know story characters other than the storyteller.
There is a wonderful CD with George Winston playing the piano and Merryl Streep telling the story ‘The Velveteen Rabbit”. It’s amazing how she hears the dialogue and then reads it aloud and how the characters sound so different. So part of it is also in the reader’s imagination. Which again falls back to the writer to spark.