Coffee break exercise: Voices


18 October 2019
Work on developing characters by paying attention to what they say in this week's creative writing exercise

First, imagine two characters. They're meeting for the first time in a room in a tall building. For two minutes, make brief notes of their names, outward appearance and the reason for their meeting.

Now begin to think about what they will say to each other, and how they will say it. How could each character speak in a way that reveals something about them and their reason for being there?

For ten minutes, write a conversation between the characters. Keep it to dialogue without resorting to using any physical description.

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At the end of the piece of dialogue, what do we know about your two characters?


If you enjoyed this week's exercise, you can go deeper into revealing character by how people speak by reading Everything you need to know about writing dialogue in a story.