“I’ve discovered the most amazing thing.”
She catches her lover as he tumbles out of bed in the morning, stumbling through her workspace in the living room on the way to the kitchen. He holds up a single finger, exhaustion written plainly on his face, and she falls silent.
He points at his empty coffee mug. “This is necessary.”
“Crap.” She hears the exclamation from the other room.
“We’re out of K-cups in there,” she calls. “You’re gonna have to open a new pack.”
She turns back to her work, listening to the rustling of plastic packaging and the mechanical hum of the coffee maker from the kitchen.
Writing exercises. Love them or hate them, they’re great for honing your craft or getting you out of a rut. Especially when you’re working on long form fiction, it’s nice to take a little mental break and give your brain some space to play.
Dialogue writing exercises are one of my favorites (maybe because I’m still working out the kinks of writing realistic, yet compelling dialogue myself). Here are the rules for this one:
Listen to a conversation and jot down the dialogue word-for-word. You might be surprised at how silly most dialogue actually sounds, or how much people generally rely on context to provide information. Real dialogue is generally not very exposition-heavy. Next, build a scene around the dialogue you heard.
Keep it short, sweet, and to the point. If anyone wants to play along, leave your drabbles in the comments below.