I love writing dialogue, I love it. I could write it all day, and probably do. 

I’m not saying I write  good dialogue, but I like writing it.

I know it’s what characters do that’s important – and in all the marvellous scripts I read the dialogue is usually sparse and lean – so I know I should be hacking away at all this stuff which tangles up my pages like knotweed.

But pruning it is a problem because my ability to self-edit is nowhere near fully-functional.  I need to get a ruthless streak.

How do you approach dialogue? How do you manage to negotiate the old equation: Less = More.