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A Challenge! Interested?

There is a fine line as to how much of your story is dialogue, and how much is description, and every story’s fine line is different. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out just where that fine line falls. But some of us have problems writing dialogue and some of us have problems with writing descriptions. Personally, I like writing dialogue, so when it comes to descriptions, many times mine are weak or seem flat, or there just isn’t enough. I find it fascinating how some writers  intertwine the two so beautifully and make you want to read more. My son and I were talking the other day and he’s currently writing a series where his main character doesn’t talk, well not until the very end of the series, so he has to be able to bring out the character’s personalities, his thoughts, and his feelings only with descriptions. I was watching “Bones” last night on TV, now normally I like the show, but last night the dialogue was atrocious, well maybe atrocious isn’t the right word, but they were horrible. The lines Bones had were so dry and long and boring! I know, they are scripted, but…Who writes this stuff? Hello! It’s called entertainment for a reason! Entertain me! I’m the type of person who does not like the “Behind the scenes” Yeah, Peter Pan flew. Don’t show me how you made that happen. I don’t want to know. Let me just enjoy the fantasy and it’s the same for a book. I want to get lost in another world for just a little while. I want to use my imagination. I want to see what you see and feel what you feel.

Okay so here’s my idea.  Could you write a short story or a scene, using only dialogue, to get your point across, to let others see, feel, and hear what your characters do? Or visa versa, write a short story or scene using only descriptions?

Can you imagine a foot chase scene going on for an hour long show? Would you be able to describe it without any dialogue? Or how about two people having a conversation for an hour and the only descriptions would be in the words they say.

The two links are probably the most famous of a dialogue only skit. The first you can read the dialogue, the second you can watch them play out the skit.

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/humor4.shtml

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sShMA85pv8M

Example for Dialogue and description combined

So instead of

“Look out.” She screams, as the huge boulder rolls down the hill towards him.

“I’m fine, missed me by a mile.” He grins and shrugs it off, but she can see he’s shaking.

Example for Dialogue only

You might say,

“Look out! Oh my gosh, that almost hit you. Are you okay?”

“I’m fine, missed me by a mile.”

“Well if it would have fell on you, you’d be crushed.”

“Nah, that boulder probably  only weighs fifty pounds.”

Example for Description only

She grabs his arm and yanks him out of the way just as the huge boulder rolls down the hill landing in the very spot he was just standing. Happy she pulled him away in time, she wraps her arms around him and feeling him shaking, she realizes just how scared he is.

Okay, well that’s just an example. I told you I could use some practice in descriptions. 🙂

And here’s a helpful link for creative writing.

http://nowastedink.com/2012/10/12/prompts-to-promote-creative-writing/

I don’t like to put people on the spot, so if you’d like to participate in…Let’s call it, “The Writing Exercise Challenge” leave a reply and a link to your blog and next week I will make it official, put up my 3 scenes and tag you in my post. Now I guess we should have some rules.

  1. Write a short story or scene using

a. Dialogue only

b. Description only

c. Both combined

They can be as long or short as you like, as long as you get the point across to your readers.

2. Now tag 3 other people or ask for participants

And if you think there should be additional rules post a comment!

Want to challenge yourself further? Try writing outside of your genre. If you write romance, try your hand at horror. Or if you are a mystery writer, try writing a steamy romantic scene. Hey even mysteries have romance sometimes. 🙂

So what do you think? Is anybody up for a writing challenge?

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22 Comments

  1. It sounds great Karen, and definitely something I need some help with, as do most new writers I’m sure. Let me know.

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  2. Sounds like fun! A good exercise.
    http://Www.ninjalibrarian.com

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  3. Interesting post/challenge. I’ll certainly give it a try.
    Here’s my blog link: http://caseysheridan.wordpress.com

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    • Hi Casey
      I’m glad you are aboard. I just wanted to try something different to get our creative minds thinking
      🙂 I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.

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  4. OK I’m in. I’ll post my entry at http://www.executiveseverance.blogspot.com

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    • Hi Robert!
      Okay got ya! I’ll tag you in my post will be up shortly. Found your comment in my spam folder 🙂

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  5. I am in Karen. Sounds like fun.

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  6. Sydneyaaliyah.wordpress.com

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    • I added it 🙂 That way others can find your blog 🙂 and when I post next week the links will all be here!

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  7. A great challenge and learning experience. A well written novel combines all three properties, but shortstories usually one or two. You do make us think. Great post, Karen.

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    • Thanks Dannie. I figure a writing challenge can help strengthen our weaknesses. Mine’s descriptions. 🙂

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  8. Hmm. I thought I’d left a reply already. . . anyway, I think it sounds like a good challenge, so I’ll take a shot at it. I’m trying to decide if it would be easier or harder to write out of my usual genres. http://www.ninjalibrarian.com

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    • And you did. I ended up finding 3 of the replies buried in the spam folder! Welcome aboard!

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