Hi there, I've been wanting to write a couple of dramas for a while, but have not felt ready until extremely recently (1-2 days ago). I've had the ideas in my head, and the one I plan to write first is about a family that has to deal with their child that has just been diagnosed with brain cancer. It's a simply story, really. But I have a few questions regarding the matter. First of all, Most of my stories have been "big" ideas, but obviously with this story being a bit more subtle, it's uncharted territory for me. I struggle with making things that happen every day (but with a conflict of some sort) interesting enough to the reader, and my dialogue can feel a little made up at times. Is there a way to solve this, other than simply writing experience? I want to people watch a bit more, but I live too far out from town and I'd have to get a lift in with my parents as I don't own a car. This poses a problem. Are there any writing exercises, or something else, that I can do to achieve a more realistic conversation? Secondly, which tense would be better for this? I feel like first person would be best (POV of the mother), but would it make the reader feel more detached from the whole thing, certainly in this instance, which requires a close connection to the characters? Any advice would be helpful. Finally, I've done some basic research on cancer, but not a lot as it is not the main focus. But if anyone has some trustworthy sites which they could link to, then that would be fantastic. Feel free to discuss this matter in any way, too - I'm interested to hear people's thoughts! Cheers.