To add dialogue in early on? I am conscious that in the latest edit of my opening manuscript there is very little dialogue. That's not deliberate, it's just happened to go that way, but it does raise a few interesting questions. Do you think we need dialogue early on to hook readers, especially if we're aiming for a mainstream audience? Perhaps I'm being silly, or not giving readers enough credit, but a lot of books I read don't wait long before introducing some form of dialogue. My prologue is roughly four pages but it's almost all description and interior monologue. Chapter One is shorter but again there's very little dialogue. It's not until I'm about 4 or 5,000 words into the story that we see some dialogue, and by the time we get to 7,000 words I dedicate a whole scene which is largely dominated by speech. The thing is, I think what I have so far is a decent read, and I wouldn't want to interfere with the tone or change too much my approach... however, it would be good to hear people's thoughts on dialogue and the expectations we have when we pick up a new book. A lot of it I think comes down to how well the writing engages its readers. I don't think my opening chapters are too slow in pace or a slog to get through, but you do have to stick with it a little before the dialogue begins. This probably all comes down to personal taste, but I'd like to hear the way other people approach their openings and how patient we are as readers. After all, reading is by no means just about speech but this is a big part of it.