Another purpose of dialogue is to give insight into a character without committing the dreaded act of “telling.” In the following excerpt from my novel, FOR EVERY ACTION, no words describe the detective’s effectiveness, yet certain of the character’s attributes stand out.
As a reader, would you have confidence in the detective’s ability to handle his job?
Here are some links to other articles/book that deal with the use of dialogue to illustrate character traits:
How to show character through dialogue
Write Good Dialogue
Dynamic Dialogue: Letting Your Story Speak by William Bernhardt