This week's TRDC meme was an exercise in writing dialogue. I'll be the first to admit that this is surely not my strong suit when it comes to writing. I have, however, found an exercise that really seems to help (a little), and thought I'd share it with anyone who is taking the opportunity to read this humble little blog. I just wish I could remember where I had initially seen the information. The idea is to write out the dialogue as if it were a play or something similar. JUST the dialogue. And then build your story around the words spoken by the characters. Here's one of the drafts I did for the TRDC meme.
Now, mind you, I'm kind of a nerd. I like my Star Wars, and behind Han Solo (simply a love for Harrison Ford) my favourite character is the badass bounty hunter Boba Fett. I tried to imagine what it would be like if Boba was hired simply as a body guard, and that it was for a spoiled rich teenage girl who wasn't the brightest crayon in the box.
H: So how long are we going to have to wait?
B: As long as it takes.
H: That's not much of an answer.
B: Doesn't have to be.
H: You don't say much, do you?
H: I'm bored.
H: My dad's rich, you know.
B: Of course I know. Why else would I be here on this god-forsaken planet babysitting you?
H: Babysitting? I don't need a babysitter!
B: I'm sure you don't. But you dada disagrees.
H: Can't we go out? I hate being cooped up.
H: But it's awful in here, and it smells.
B: Go to sleep.
H: I'm not tired.
B: Then just lay there.
H: Can I have a glass of water?
B: No. Go to sleep.