In terms of the length of each dialogue scene, that is. In my book "The Exclusion Zone", the story is a combination man-v-man / man-v-nature(environment?) / man-v-supernatural. The protagonist only encounters five other living humans throughout the course of the story, and only three of those encounters result in proper dialogue. All of them are scenes in which the protagonist is trying to get information out of uncooperative antagonists. There is a fourth dialogue event, but it's with a traumatized girl who is prevented from speaking by her traumatic experience. That hardly counts as a proper dialogue. Each conversation takes between 20 and 40 pages to play out, and each one reveals a little bit about what's happening in the story in addition to revealing information about the protagonist. The rest of the story consists of short monologues as the protagonist contemplates how to handle events within the setting. I've always felt that so many pages dedicated to so few dialogue scenes left things somewhat unbalanced. but even after several rewrites, the length of each dialogue scene stays about the same. The dialogue itself flows a little better and information is revealed in a more natural way with each rewrite, but the length stays fairly static. I've treated this as a sign that that's just how the dialogue is supposed to play out in this particular story, but I can't help that but think it could be written more tightly without sacrificing the natural progression of dialogue. What are your thoughts on dialogue length? If this is in the wrong section, please help me move it. I looked around but couldn't find a dedicated "dialogue" forum.