Good afternoon, after spending the morning reading, I’ve decided to do some writing. Today’s exercise concerns dialogue in fiction.
It’s easy for dialogue to become an information dump aimed at the reader, but conversations should be as natural as possible. Except without out all the umms, ahs, and unfinished sentences.
I’m terrible at dialogue.
The first exercise, which I’ll show you my answers to, involves one character asking three other characters to lend then £10. They all must say no, but in a way that reveals something about the relationship between the asker and askee.
‘Can I borrow £10?’
‘Sorry love, I haven’t got a spare tenner at the minute. Maybe next week?’
‘No, you still owe me ninety quid; what do you think I am? Your personal bank?’
‘Why? You earn plenty, you don’t need to borrow from me. Unless you’re wasting your wages?’
Not my best work, but not absolutely terrible.
Tomorrow or Thursday I’ll post one more blog with my answers to an exercise, and then on Friday I’ll post a review of the book. I’ve finished reading through it even though I haven’t completed every one of the exercises. I had planned a separate overview of the months writing but I’m not sure now, I might discuss that in the review.