My recent a-ha moment brought me back to Dialogue and the awesome book above.
- No talking heads--make sure your characters are moving within the scene. Think motion-picture. Swoop in for the close-up and widen that lens to give the reader a more holistic picture of events.
- Characters should always have a purpose in a scene.
- When you find a long dialogue scene in your MS put yourself in your MC's head (thoughts and observations). Strategically place that information where the tension isn't interrupted.
- Write a scene all dialogue, then all narrative, then all action and weave 'em together.