Tuesday, January 25, 2011


“Are you serious?” 

“Of course I’m serious.  You think I’d joke about something like this?”
“Uh...yeah.  You’ve done it before, you know.”
“Well, I’m not.  Just believe me!”
“This isn’t one of your nasty tricks to get me in trouble again, is it?”
“Oh, come on!  Of course it isn’t.  Don’t you have any faith in me?”
“Not really.”
“Hrmph.  I’m your older brother.  You should learn to trust me.”
“But you get me into trouble all the time!”
“Right, right.  But I promise that this time I really did hear her say that the golden one is in danger. It will die if it stays where it is.”
“So, if I rescue him, she’ll think I’m a hero?”
“Something like that.”
“Why don’t you do it? Don’t you want to be a hero?”
“I’m way too fat to fit in there, kid, you know that!”
“But…it’s wet.  I don’t want to get wet.”
“Do you want to be a hero?  Do you want to be her favourite?”
“Yes, but - ”

“Oh my god, Barbara!  Your stupid cat is in the fish tank again!”

That was a tiny version of the dialogue writing exercise put forth by Brandon Sanderson - a fantastic fantasy writer.  Read his stuff!  Actually, don't.  He makes the rest of us look really, really bad.

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