So.....as someone who never leaves his house and usually answers questions directly and gives the exact answer people were looking for, I don't know what chit chat looks like. I also don't know what discussions are like because....again, I don't discuss. I just had a scene where a kid stood up for someone and stopped the beating they were receiving and his mother was like 'well done child' and 'I'm really glad you're my son', and then she heads off to help the one who got attacked (who is being carried off scene by his own mother). Another character on scene pats him on the head and then leaves, saying 'you did well'. I'm trying to have a scene between the kid and the matron of the tribe where she tells him he should not have interfered (though she was against the beating and was glad he did) and all I can think of is 'you should not have interfered son of Genri' and 'Athas is the shaman of the tribe' (and then ensue kid saying he did it because his friend was getting hurt, and then the matron tells him kid broke the rule, and then MC says why is Athas the shaman when he harms the people and so on and so forth, but all very direct and short) or she cuts it short and says 'but I'm glad you did'. I read other novels and I see characters who all feel so alive, but I can't bring life into my own characters. Can someone tell me how to make dialogue seem alive?