It’s been quite some time since I’ve issued a challenge. Today feels like a good day for it. So, here we go.
Today’s challenge is… eavesdrop. Go to a public place and listen to a conversation or two or three. Think about the different nuances in each persons mannerisms, phrasing, tone, use of words. And if you are lucky enough to stumble upon one side of a phone conversation, listen in while supplying the other side of the dialogue with your imagination.
Extra credit: Write down a portion of the conversation, save it for tomorrow or the next day, and then treat it like a story. Imagine what a person who watched, but could not hear, the conversation would see. Describe it. Then merge that into the dialogue to create a scene complete with dialogue and description. (Owe this idea to Michael Stackpole.)