So I am quite a beginner and am just now transitioning from plotting to actually jotting my stories down and I'm finding dialogue a bit tricky (I'm sure I'm not the only one to feel this when popping thier dialogue cherry lol). I think I've got a pretty good grasp on who my characters are BUT everytime they speak I feel like I'm putting the words in thier mouths. I don't feel like they are speaking for themselves and each line of dialogue, to me, just feels like generic fluff and like it's just me spitting out whatever works to get the message across...and it also sounds really cheesy. I'll fish through my work and find some examples later. I'm planning on doing two extensive free writes in first person for each of my characters to try and get a feel for how THEY would speak. What else do you guys do to find your characters' voices?