Confession: I love old people. I love their stories.
Seeing this picture I can hear the cadence of my grandmother's voice; I begin to imagine what these two are saying. One pointing down the street, the other listening intently with her "thinking thumb" pressed to her lip. I am sure it is good, juicy neighborhood gossip, probably involving the local butcher, a priest, or somebody's wayward daughter.
And then the dialogue begins to flow...
Here's your notebook practice. View a picture of at least two people and create the dialogue. Imagine what they have to say to one another and write it down. Simple as that: WRITE IT DOWN.
Practicing dialogue allows a writer to do many things:
- Start in the middle of a story, in the action. People talk when they have something to talk about.
- Give your characters life beyond their hair color and height.
- Move your story along.
- Break grammar rules. People do not speak like a grammar text. Listen to some real people. Write what they say.
Have fun with this one! There are a few pictures below to get you started.
Enjoy the conversation, and happy writing!