Great dialogue tells us something about the character. It moves the story along, and you find out things you wouldn't normally discover in the narration alone. Try this:
Draw a line down the center of a paper. (I'd do this here, but I can't figure out how! Ack.)
Character's name Different character's name
List adjectives that List adjectives that
describe character describe character
Snippets of dialogue Snippets of dialogue
sporty Star Wars fanatic
"You should raise your HOW ABOUT IF YOU TRY THIS SIDE?
hand in class."
"Don't you LOVE my hair?"
"And then Ann said that Jul said
that I could come over, but
she changed her mind and said I
"I am the star of the hockey