I've written a fair number of books by now. Nevertheless, there are days I turn to my library of writing books for advice if I'm stuck, or just a little refresher.
Recently, I was taking a look at BEYOND STYLE: MASTERING THE FINER POINTS OF WRITING by Gary Provost and encountered a piece of advice that really struck me, about writing dialogue.
"Look at the dialogue you have written and ask yourself, 'If a stranger were nearby, would she try to eavesdrop on this conversation?'"
I think asking yourself "Would somebody want to eavesdrop on this conversation?" is pretty darn fine advice. I'll be asking myself this question a lot now that I'm ready to get to work on the second draft of the work-in-progress.