I'm looking to improve my writing. I would love to know if anyone has any tips on developing an engaging conversational writing style.
+1 to Elmore Leonard, esp. his 10 Rules for Writing. (Read the reviews or get it from the library before you buy new; some people think it's a waste of money. I think it's priceless.)
Mostly? Listen to what people say. Take notes. You don't need to write in dialect, but chances are, you need more periods. My written sentences are way longer than my oral ones. Hardly anybody ever speaks a semi-colon in conversation.