Dialogue can be tricky, and people who find it easy often just give the people that find it hard the tip to eavesdrop on conversations. I'm the sort of person that find both writing dialogue and eavesdropping easy. I just realised that just telling someone to eavesdrop is a worthless advice if you don't tell them the tips that is the difference between just sitting around overhearing stuff with effective eavesdropping. So please share you advice on this issue. How to listen in and analyse the dialogue going on around you. Personally I ask my self "How does it work?". Yesterday at the drug store I heard a conversation about soap for oily skin between an immigrant and the clerk, the immigrant not speaking enough Swedish for the subject and neither of them very good at English. Not very bad English either but on a level where discussing specific skin problems was a challenge. So i asked myself "How does conversations with a limited shared language work? How do they get the message across?" I begun listing carefully to their conversation, how they all the time made sure that they understood each other. Studying the pattern of smiles, affirmations and careful listening as well as sign language. Or last week when I was down at the gaming club painting and in the room next to me a really funny guy was making every one laugh and having a good time. He humour is rough and he was domination the conversation and I started to wonder: "How does this work? How can he dominate the conversation for hours with rough humour and manners and keep everyone is completely comfortable and happy with it? Why don't he piss people off? Why is he this really charismatic guy?" And started to listening in on on the pattern, trying to figure out how he pulled it off. For me, effective eavesdropping is about asking yourself questions about how things works and then trying to find the answer. How do you eavesdrop in the name of better writing?