Writing good dialogue is vital to writing fiction, and even to good narrative nonfiction. It’s one of the best ways to “show, not tell” and makes a great shortcut for introducing characterization and personality tags.
A handful of great dialogue writers include Douglas Adams, Joe R. Lansdale, Lawrence Block, John Sandford, Christopher Moore and Sir Terry Pratchett. Dozens of others are out there, but those are a few of my favorites.
One of the best places to find great dialogue is on television and in the movies — after all, those mediums rely on dialogue in a way that prose doesn’t have to. Comedic dialogue is especially great on screen. Consider these clasics.