Speaking of phoning it in...
I'm good at writing dialogue. Have been since high school. That's not the problem; the problem is, I'm acutely aware of how much better I am at dialogue than at other things, like physical description or emotional arcs. And it's too easy to fall back on pages full of ostensibly witty banter, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
Or maybe I should be writing stage plays.
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