Ten writers for children. All with something to say.
Two lines of dialogue, one gesture, and one item of clothing exercise
For this round of blogs, we are doing an exercise that is designed to focus on the importance of details and dialogue to a story. It's a fun exercise that I use with my writing students to quiet their inner censors (as there is no expected outcome), and to help them remember the importance of bringing the reader in to the story through dialogue. Here are the "rules" - using at least two lines of dialogue, one gesture, and one item of clothing, write a paragraph or two with Sam and Eddie as the main characters. And here is the result from my almost following those rules: "I'm outta here," said Sam, pulling her jacket on over her heavy sweatshirt. Eddie followed her out into the snow. "Where are you going Sam?" "Anywhere that mom isnt'! Get back inside, Eddie. You're shivering." "Not until I know you're okay." Sam hugged her baby brother and pushed him toward the door. "You be good, Eddie. Promise?" "Promise," he said. Sam reached into her pocket for the car keys and felt Eddie's lucky rabbit's foot still warm from the heat of his hand.