When reading a book or watching a movie I don't care what the characters are planning to have for breakfast or what they did the night before unless it relates directly to the story. I know these are the kind of conversations everyone has, but for a reader/viewer to invest their time in the story there has to be a purpose for every little piece of dialogue or action. We assume that the characters are pondering these in the background, so it isn't necessary to include them in the story.
So, before writing that wonderfully realistic dialogue ask yourself if it will help progress the story.
How do you know whether the conversations in your story is necessary? Do you like dialogue that is overly realistic or just important?
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