I am presently writing a novel, and am having some serious problems with the self-creating character dialogue process. The issue for me is that I must have 5 young boys (hush now, Oscar Wilde) who are the victims of 4 antagonizing peers of a prestigious all boys school. The setting is 1988 and the "true to life" dialogue is just terrible. I am writing true to the characters and what they would say "IRL", but from my distorted perspective (author/too close to the project) I fear the dialogue alone is a major turn off to a would be reader. Unfortunately telling the tale of the bullying at the museum is vital to the entire plot of the story, but I'll be damned if every time I try to rewrite those pesky teenagers don't start flapping their sassy yaps and snapping "momma jokes" at each other over my otherwise interesting story. Now I know how those timid old men felt in my youth as I mocked their supposed elder status and defied their wishes. Any pointers out there?