So! Now that Big Bang season is over (I'll be catching up until next summer
, argh), my mind is drifting on to other stories I want to write, plot bunnies I've been nursing.
But I'm not ready to start working on them, for a number of reasons. One of the major reasons is this: one of the things I've known that I need to work on for a while (and also something I got some constructive feedback on from my big bang fic) is my dialogue
. Sometimes, when I'm really in the zone with a character, when the character's voice is clear and loud in my head, I have absolutely no trouble writing natural, realistic, easy-flowing dialogue. But that "in-the-zone-ness" is pretty rare for me. And as a result, sometimes my dialogue comes off stilted, stiff, or unnatural.
Before I start working on my next story in earnest, I want to do some dialogue exercises. Actually, this isn't a want, it's a need
. My next story will require
snappy dialogue and banter. Therefore, I want to do a series of dialogue-only or very dialogue-heavy scenes or ficlets, 1K-2K (5K absolute tops!) in length, and I am looking for ideas. These can't be larger fics. Just single conversations. I need to work on making my conversations smoother, more natural, more witty, more snappy, flow better, etcetera.
It's like I need to put together a dialogue bingo card. Not hurt/comfort bingo, not kink bingo, not schmoop bingo, but DIALOGUE BINGO. And I need PROMPTS.
So, oh magnificent f-list, I'm asking for help. I'm open to general advice on dialogue as well, but what I really want are ideas for conversations. I can't promise that I'll write them soon, or get through them quickly (I won't even be able to start anything until mid-September, argh), but I'd love to have a list of ideas that I can start working on a little at a time.
What I'm looking for are suggestions or topics for conversations between two or more characters, such as:
☆ family drama
☆ difficult conversations
☆ joking around with friends
☆ confessions of love
☆ coming out
☆ talking about insecurities and fears
☆ making plans
☆ differences of professional opinion
☆ working with study partners/tutors/tutees
☆ drunken blathering
...and so on and so forth and etcetera. I need specific conversation topics.( Fandoms I'll write in: )
I'm hoping to get 20-25 prompts for a variety of conversations, so I'll have a lot of ideas to toss around. Small-scale prompts, things I can work out in a single conversation. And if I get enough, I'll put together a bingo-type card and start working on them.
Thank you! ♥ *SMOOCHES*Cross-posted from this entry on my Dreamwidth Account.