Writing Realist Dialogue?

Pedro Hoffmeister
2 min readFeb 17, 2022

It’s stranger than it seems.

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One of my favorite writing exercises is to go to a coffee shop for an hour to listen, to observe, to eavesdrop. I’m in a coffee shop right now, eavesdropping on multiple conversations, and I’ve realized a few things about dialogue:

  • People mostly talk about themselves. They don’t ask a lot of questions. They’re just waiting to say the next thing…
Pedro Hoffmeister

Author with Random House. TBI survivor who struggles. Poet. Climber. Former Writer-In-Residence of Joshua Tree National Park. Podcast: “Boring Is A Swear Word”