Today I was into dialog. In fact, so into it I began to write bits of dialog onto important papers at work and realized this too late. With me, dialog needs to be neither too wordy, nor too short and in character for the time, setting, etc. (well, that's a bit of a duh on my part) but I often find myself reading dialog out-loud to test it and sometimes I cringe with horror and other times I do the "Yes!" maneuver and then look to see if anyone's noticed that I'm being weirder than normal.
I do however cringe at overdone slang terms like "ya'll" or "Watcha' doin'" even though I know words are said that way. Call it the grammar police rising up in me. What is your take on this as readers/writers?
Other than that pet peeve, dialog is one of my favorite aspects of writing and I consider it to be a strong suit. However, I for some reason am only comfortable with dialog for the YA crowd. Don't ask me why, but I don't feel "old" enough to write adult fiction, including dialog, with any degree of merit, even though I am over thirty! Perhaps it's because I am way past the teen years and survived them, that feel that I have a smidgen of creditable knowledge about being one.