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Without an example it's hard to tell, but if you feel like you are writing too much dialogue in proportion to the rest, then perhaps your gut is telling you to dial it down a little. As always, if you read a lot of well written stories, you'll have a good idea of where your story lies in terms of style. Then again, if you're writing a scene like one of the ...


Do not use the second form in narrative prose; it reads like a script. The first version is fine. You do not need to write "said" repeatedly. For example, in the second sentence of the first version you can write: I comforted him, "All I care for is you. I can't leave you here alone! Never!" The use of "however" in this sentence is weak and ...


Like "what" said, custom dictates separate paragraphs when speakers change while using the first form. It's also been pointed out that the two forms are context sensitive. Is it a script or a dialog in a story? But I'd like to point out something interesting. In the second form, we know Isaac is angry, and we know you are trying to help. So telling the ...


Well, you are the author so it is really your call. If you feel that there is too much dialogue, then odds are that there is. Perhaps there needs to be more of a narrative voice to pull it all together and then you can eliminate some of the dialogue that is used to advance the plot.

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