I can't tell you how great it feels to finally have those cords attached to my computer. Every now and again I swear I could feel them trying to wrap themselves around my ankles.
Though the computer`s been down, I haven't been. I met with a friend per her request. God bless her, for some reason she thinks I write good dialogue. We had a great session. She read a small part of her book where she wanted to put in dialogue.
This is what I told her and what I do. Hope it helps.
I envision the scene as if I were watching a play. I see where each speaking character is standing/sitting/whatever. I've got to have that straight because body language speaks, too.
Then I recall the personalities of the speaking characters so I have continuity. I can't write dialogue that they wouldn't speak.
Last, I close my eyes and let the Muse do the rest. Trusting my Muse is imperative. I've done the groundwork. I know my setting, my characters, and what needs to be said. It works for me. I'm sure others have techniques that work for them.