"Dialogue, as much as anything else, reveals the character to the writer and, ultimately to the reader. I don't have a very clear idea of who the characters are until they start talking." --Joan Didion
How important is dialogue to your WIP? Do you use it at all? Overuse it? Use but sparingly?
More importantly, why do you use it?
Barry Lane says that "it's a general rule to use it, not to give information, but to reveal character...When people speak they reveal themselves. What they fail to say is often as important as what they do say" (After the End 54-55).
Lane references Roland Goodbody's El Dia De Los Muertos (if anyone can find an on-line reference to him or his work, I'd appreciate it).
So this prompted some synapse firing: How do I use dialogue? Is it to develop character? or to develop plot? Does it have to be either/or? What are the arguments for and against each approach? Any thoughts on the matter?