Jul 21st, 2015 by writethebook
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Award-winning author Christine Sneed, whose novel Paris, He Said, came out this spring from Bloomsbury USA.
Christine Sneed generously offered two Write the Book Prompts when I spoke to her. Gary Miller read one of them on the show last week. You can find it here. The second is a dialogue-writing exercise that Christine uses to encourage her undergrads to write with restraint. Write a short scene that happens almost entirely in dialogue. Keep it to 2 or 3 characters. In the scene, one of the characters should reveal a secret or some fact that worries or upsets the other person(s) in the scene. Don’t overdo the reaction. Think about gestures the characters might also make or the physical/sensory details that would enable your readers to see the scene even more vividly.
Good luck with this exercise and please listen next week for another.
Music credits: 1) “Dreaming 1″ - John Fink; 2) “Filter” - Dorset Greens (a Vermont band featuring several former South Burlington High School students).