…Or, Let’s Talk About Writing About Talking. Snort. You know what I mean.
Writing good dialogue isn’t easy, and bad dialogue is one of the things that immediately reveals the author as an amateur, not to be trusted by the reader.
One of the things that can help you write better dialogue is knowing when to use summary dialogue, indirect dialogue and direct dialogue.
In prose, speech can be written with varying decrees of directness, depending on how important the information in the dialogue is, the immediacy desired and how fast or slow the author wants the pacing to be at that moment.