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Character Conversation



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“A good conversation is a smoothly flowing river,” writes Celeste Headlee in her book We Need to Talk: How to have conversations that matter.
 
In writing as in life, dear writers, dialogue and conversation hold special power and flow. For this prompt, construct a scene that is made up entirely of dialogue.
Some things to consider:
  • Who is speaking to whom?
  • How will characterization and conflict be revealed through this conversation?
  • How does sentence structure and length change the tone of a character’s words?
  • How about word choice—slang, exclamations, sound effects?
  • And where will this conversation take place; how can you communicate details about setting without external narration or description?
Have fun with this, dear writers. We look forward to “hearing” your characters’ conversations.