So here I am with my novel written, and I'm just waiting for the last two beta readers to finish with it before I get my act together and independently publish it. But tonight I started wondering if it's far from ready. I'm worried about my dialogue. Is it too direct? Does it have enough subtext? Maybe I don't know how to incorporate subtext! Maybe I wouldn't recognize subtext if it crashed through my ceiling and scared all the cats! And if my characters don't get the things said that need to be said, if they're constantly beating around the bush, how is the plot going to move forward? The manuscript is long enough already! How does everyone else manage this? What published writers do you like who do it well? Is this the acid test of a good writer, that he/she can pull this off? The only good thing about this is that I'm a long way from hitting the "Publish" button. So I have time to tear my book apart. Gack.