If there were a standard measurement of the ideal ratio of dialog to description, what would that be? I am working on a particular chapter that reveals much of what my characters’ expectations were for themselves. Most of it is coming to me in the form of dialog from each character’s lips to my ears. I do not like to write a lot of dialog. I like to describe. However, what the characters say in this situation sets the tone for what happens next.
I may be babbling at this point. I am tired, at work and fighting to stay awake. I should not be writing right now at all but this is when I have the time and it is quiet so both Tate and Willa are being quite vocal. I cannot repeat what Tate is saying and I think Willa overheard some of it and blushed, which for her, is unusual.
Bottom line is this – how do you strike a happy medium of dialog and narrative?