And he said.... She said.... I said.... They said... - Developing Dialog
Jack Wolf, he often changes the way he speaks depending on who he's talking to and the impression he wants to give. For example, he will use slang and cut his words of like "givin'" or using words like "gonna" when he's in a bad mood or threatening. Also he changes his voice all the time, constantly playing with whoever he's talking to, going from an innocent kiddy voice to threatening with a growl like thunder, then depending on the situation his voice could be gravely or smooth like a dark silk. Then there's the way he will say everything without actually speaking a word, when he get his moment of complete silence to test the person he's talking to, whether using facial expressions or complete body language. ... I also use "said" as little as possible, for me it's just an awkward and disgusting word to use. It stunts my creativity and description of what’s going on.
My character is from the 17th century, and so he speaks in the Victorian Era speech. It is courteous, and very literary. I really like that kind of dialogue. In other words, I think that dialogue should be complex, and interesting.