Archive | October, 2015

Prompt Resources 10/28

27 Oct

Here’s some goodies for our dialogue Long Prompt:

This Video

PROMPT: Watch the Big Hero Six video. The idea is to try the same kind of exercise but with dialogue. Chose a set of maybe 4-8 characters (yours or not) and have each of them:

  • A: Enter a coffee shop, greet a friend, and order a drink
  • B: Reply after being congratulated on a school/work project
  • C: Receive the wrong meal at a restaurant
  • D: Reply after being rudely told they ????


Phase 1:

  • Characters A and B are on their way to a restaurant. A is very excited to show B this place, which B has never been to.
  • They pull up and A expects B to be as excited as they are, but B is wary/unsure about the quality of the restaurant.
  • A succeeds in convincing B to give the place a try. (Plus, they remind them, Character C is meeting them there later.)
  • B is skeptical as they take their seats. A is hurt and reacts accordingly.
  • The waiter arrives with menus (if applicable to restaurant).
  • A and B peruse the menu, A pointing out favorites and B being unsure they’ll find anything they like.
  • They order, then A and B exchange awkward chit chat.
  • The tension escalates, and A confronts B about why they’re being such a putz.
  • B gets aggressive with A about how uncomfortable they are here.
  • A responds defensively

Phase 2: Challenge Mode (skip to 3 if you want)

  • Character C swings in and join them, interrupting the argument.
  • The tension between A and B smolders beneath the surface as C complains about their day.
  • The three of them are planning to attend and event in the upcoming week. They discuss their plans.
  • The waiter asks if C wants anything, they respond that they’re not staying, but proceed to stay.
  • B tries to hint to C that they would like them to leave, because B is interested in what A was about to say when C walked in.
  • A, who is beginning to chicken out of what they were about to say, subtly tries to get C to stay.
  • Aand B’s food arrives and C finally takes this as a hint to leave. They leave.

Phase 3:

  • A and B eat in awkward silence.
  • B concedes first, giving a reluctant compliment about the quality of their meal.
  • The tension break, and A explains why this restaurant is important to them.
  • They leave amiably, agreeing to meet

Anica Mermaids

22 Oct

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So I did some drawings of the mermaids we made in the world building exercise (pardon the quality, taken via Iphone in the library). There’s the Vampire Squid Mermaid and the Angler Mermaid.

Dialogue Guideline 10/21

21 Oct


  • distinct voices
  • match the situation
  • purpose–serve plot and/or character development
  • evolve voices with characters
  • voice changes with interaction
  • but also keep it consistent


  • cut the quips
  • catch phrases
  • repeat dialogue with new meaning
  • ship banter
  • adopt voice of close person
  • accents and slang


  • out of character
  • all drama all the time
  • state the obvious
  • the pronoun game (see CinemaSins)
  • infodump
    •  each character in the circle knows the next piece of exposition
  • Civil War meme syndrome (tone/mannerism covers out of character dialogue)
  • clichés

Character building

14 Oct

So, for anyone who was asking about questions to ask about characters in order to define them better, here’s a link to one spot i found at NaNoWriMo. It’s not the same one I found last time on that site, but it’s probably a good place to start: