I'm working on my novel and even though I desperately want to ge on with the action, I find myself writing page after page of dialogue. Most of the dialogue is exposition but I'm well into my story and it seems all they want to do is sit around the campfire talking about themselves. TThis sort of writing might work in a different sort of story but they're supposed to be on a quest so it seems like they should be, you know, questing. Am I taking the whole show don't tell thing too seriously? I know everything I've written tonight is going to be cut from the final draft in lieu of a couple of summarizing paragraphs, but I still can't get this particular character to shut up about himself. Maybe I'm just trying to get it written down so I know it. What do you guys think? Maybe it's time for a good analytical reading of the lord of the rings.