Lesson 6: Some Guidelines for Dialogue

Writing Exercise

Write a scene of (mostly) dialogue, about 300 words long, in which two or more characters are at odds.  DON’T allow your characters to say what is actually going on inside them. Your reader should know the characters’ inner states by watching their gestures, hearing their silences, and interpreting what they say (not taking it at face value)…just like we do in real life.