I once toyed with the idea of writing a novel without using any dialogue. No really. Anyone else ever think of trying that? At the time I disliked and feared dialogue. It was hard, it was clunky, everyone sounded the same, it was impossible.
I no longer feel like that. I can't say exactly when my feelings changed but now I really like dialogue. I've even received compliments on it. (Hmmm, maybe I should write a book that's all dialouge......okay, not really) I know practice had a lot to do with the change. Also, finding a story and characters I was passionate about. When I loved the characters, when I knew them, it was easy to know what they would say and how they would say it.
Of course, study and craft research helped too.
Durring the A-Z challenge (so it maybe went unnoticed by a lot of people) there was a three part series on dialogue over at The Blabbermouth. Here is the first part, second, and third. I found it a fun and interesting read. And even though I don't hate dialogue anymore, there's always room for improvement.