Activity 1 Writing Dialogue
My favorite thing about writing fiction is that you can start anywhere with anything. You can start with that tired old phrase "Once upon a time," or you can start with an incredible experience you had, or with the memory of a perfect red tomato on a cracked saucer, or with the blister your new (and very expensive) shoes gave you.
Since there are so many ways to begin, I thought we would try beginning a short story with something from real life nonfiction, and turning fiction.
The activity has two parts:
First, think of a piece of real-life conversation. You may have been in it yourself, or not. It can be recent or from the past. It may be as ordinary as a conversation about food in the lunchroom, or it can be as serious as a conflict between a parent and child or between two students. We experience conversation all the time, every day. We talk to our friends we overhear other people talking on the bus or in a pizza shop. It's all around us, full of energy, sometimes silly, sometimes boring.
Write it down just as it was said.
A couple of rules:
(1) Start with something real not from a movie or television
Second, go back to your conversation and change something so that it becomes fiction. You can change the ending or change the beginning. You can make a big change or a small one. You may want to add a conflict if there wasn't one.
Remember, this first exercise should be done quickly, and it isn't supposed to be a finished product. We're going to add more, and probably take away, too.
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