Write a story entirely of dialogue. Nothing but dialogue. No attributives (he said, she said, etc.). No descriptions of scenes or gestures or movements (unless these things are presented in the dialogue). Just words between quotation marks. Pure, beautiful, untainted dialogue.
Posted in Dialogue on Feb 17, 2023
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“Answer The Door” by Thom Brodkin
“Hey, dad, are you in there somewhere?”“I’m here in the study. Come on back!”“The study? Ok, Colonel Mustard, should I beware of the candlestick?”“Very funny.”“A study, dad? Really? You don't have a single book case or even a desk in here”"I have a big screen TV and a recliner”“That makes it a den or a man cave, but not a study.”“Fine. Welcome to my den, Dentist.”“You know you’re the only one who ...
“Anywhere’s Better Than Here” by Stevie B
“Hello, my name’s Maggie.”“Hello, Maggie!”“Like most of you, I’m a victim of abuse. I understand what this process involves is sharing my story with others at tonight’s ASCA meeting. I know this is one of the steps we all have to take within this Adult Survivors of Child Abuse support group. I’m sure everyone who’s attended any of these meetings before, and since it’s my first tim...
“Sol's Sunshine” by Deidra Whitt Lovegren
“You cannot hit Jeremiah Brown in the face.”“But Pop Pop, JB is the worst boy in the entire 2nd grade!”“Sunshine, I don’t care if he’s the worst boy in the entire state of Tennessee. You are not the kind of girl who uses her fists to talk for her. I’ve taught you better than that.”“What am I supposed to do when JB tells everyone at recess that I smell like dog pee?”“You do not smell like dog pee.”“Missus Thatcher thinks so, too. She said I should soak my clothes in baking soda and warm water for an hour....
“Why I Summoned the Devil” by Zack Powell
"Let me get this straight: you summoned me because of a toaster?""Yeah, you got it, bucko. That orange one right there. See it?""Of course I see it, mortal.""Okay. Good. So, I was thinking. Maybe you could just wave your hands and do your magic mumbo jumbo and make it work again, Satan.""Satan?""That's your name, isn't it?""No.""Lucifer, then?""No.""Beelzebub?""...
“The Enchanter's Cradle” by C.B. Buffington
[So, you’re an enchanter, then?] “Yes, I’ve trained for it my whole life.” [Did you pick it up from your family? I know it's not an easy profession to come by.] “I wasn’t really a family man because I didn’t have much of one.” [Are you married?] “No. Artificing pays the bills. And I’m left enough time to care over what truly matters. But you ...
“A Perfect Match” by Howard Halsall
‘Good morning, please take a seat and we can discuss your enquiry--- ’‘I know you’re busy, so thank you for seeing me at such short notice.’‘You’ve come to the right place and having read your CV, I’m sure I can help you.’‘The thing is, I’ve outgrown my position and I need a new challenge.’‘So you’ve got bored at work and you’re considering a new career?’‘Yes, and given my wealth of experience, I’m certain I can succeed in any new role.’‘You’re in a competitive market at the moment, however I can ...
“Dispensed Desire” by J.C. Lovero
“What are you wearing?” “This is going way too fast.” “First time?” “No. I mean, yes.” “You’re not sure?” “I’ve never called in to something like this before.” “Got it. Okay, we can slow it down.” “Thanks.” “What would you like to call me?” “Don’t you have a name?” “I have the one I was born with. Our names—what we call one another—are tied ...
“Every Conversation We Had, at the End.” by Jacky Burke
Where are we, Jack? In my house. I bought it last year. What do you mean your house? Yeah! I bought a house last year. But, you’re still in college, Jack. Aren’t you? I went to college, but I got out a few years ago. I’ve been working up north, and living in apartments up there for a few years. But I thought I’d buy a house down here now. Oh. It’s cute, right? Little, a...
“Four Worlds” by Kendall Defoe
“Who’s next?”“Me, sir.”“Good. You have all the forms?”“Yes. All complete.”“Okay. Let me see… Right, so it is not a machine or…?”“No, no. Just some written work to protect.”“Okay, I see. May I ask about the application of your work?”“I am not sure I understand.”
“COMING TO A HEAD” by Susan Catucci
** WARNING: Gore, drugs, language, violence, all within reason. *** * *“Before we begin, we are being audio and video recorded. Do you understand? I need a verbal response. If you say ‘uh huh’ or ‘nuh uh’, we might say ‘is that a yes, is that a no,’ just to be clear.”“I understand.”“I’m Detective Jim Harrington. This is Deputy Hank Snowden. Having gone over your Miranda warnings, is this the form you signed certifying you understand your rights?”
“She's Not Cryin' Anymore” by Hannah Labouchere
"It's cold." "So?" "Can I have a blanket?" "No." "Why?" "You could try to strangle me. Or hang yourself." "You really thought this through, huh? You sure this is your first time?" --- "A heater?" "No." "Because of the wiring?" "I'm not giving you s...
“Concert Hall Murmuring” by Sarah Martyn
“Did you pre-order tickets when they got released a year ago?” “Actually, I didn’t. I was gifted this ticket yesterday by a friend who is sick and had to miss out. She grabbed the ticket many months ago though, I think. I didn’t waste a second before snagging it up when she offered!” “You know this symphony, though?” “Know of them, more like. I’ve heard some of the...
“Frank” by Murray Burns
Frank“Good morning, Frank. I’ve got a nice red one for you today.” “It’s perfect, Margie. Red was her favorite.” “Frank, you really don’t have to give me the dollar.” “I know.”----------“Here’s your coffee, Frank. I’ll bring you a menu, Leadhead.”“Thanks, Katie. Why don’t you at least look at a menu, Frank?” “I like the chicken sandwich.”“Yeah, after five years, I get that. But you might like something else.”...
“Party Planning” by S. M. Lewis
"Did Mom respond yet?""Dude, it's been two minutes. Relax.""I know it's been two minutes, but I have things to do today. Not all of us are freelancers, you know.""I get that, but it's our mother. You can afford to take one long lunch break to help me organize her retirement party. Also, I do work on occasion.""Pfft, yeah, I'd hardly call rolling out of bed and pushing a few buttons 'working'.""Carter, you're a computer programmer. Isn't that...
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