Now that you have done some work developing your characters and story plots, it’s time to think about dialogue. What is dialogue in a fictional short story?
Use any of the following scenarios (or create your own) to write dialogue between your main character and any of your secondary characters:
- Breaking a new year’s resolution
- Having a difficult phone call with a parent
- Ending a relationship
- Encountering a fallen childhood hero
- Getting advice on a difficult issue or personal challenge
You can write about these topics as they’re happening, or write a conversation in which the characters rehash the incident.
You should have at least a page of dialogue written by the end of the hour.