Meetup 004: Dialogue Writing

“And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?”

– Lewis Carroll

Well.. Most of us can manage books without pictures, but I know how Alice feels about the conversations. And that is why, we’re back with one amazing hit on the topic. Dialogue Writing.

Now, this is really a difficult yet important element of writing because there are no predefined do’s and don’t’s for the entity, as such. All we have are a couple of guidelines that can only beautify but not define the way of dialogue writing. And boy! All this may sound so sophisticated but we had a fun session this weekend. It was great fun and the LaMakaan’s air just filled up with cheers of enthusiasm all along!

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So, this time, for the first ever on WC, Hyderabad, we did a team activity!

Activity 1:

“Are you taking his side against mine?”

Write 10 lines of dialogue, involving the above given prompt, after a discussion with your partner. The idea was to alternate the roles and play along a conversation bringing out a story, theme or plot. And I couldn’t have asked for better participants. Such amazing stories came up and some of our regulars took pride, even in their theater skills.

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Our exemplary establishments this weekend, in no particular order:

  • Karthik and Santosh : The Judge’s Chamber
  • Vinay and Abraham : The midnight Encounter.
  • Rakesh and Yeshwanth : The Telephonic Encounter.
  • Shazia and Padmaja : An Uneasy Decision
  • Arunlekha and Madhuri : God and Lokesh’s Mango Tree.
  • Krishanth and Chendrakanth: Bruce and Lexx
  • Roselin and Sravanthi: Middle Child Syndrome.

Well, if you wanna know more on what the story behind the titles is, look through the comments. You might just find our writers’ works right in there! 🙂

And for individual benefit, we had the second activity.

Activity 2:

Pick one of the following titles:

  • The wrong lie
  • Explain the baby
  • Testing the waters
  • Bus ride

On the selection of the title, the theme/plot would be elaborated. And on this category, even with very limited time, our writers came up with one of their best ever pieces. Specifically applaud Ashok’s piece on the bus ride!

Find more material on the meetup activity here: WC-Hyd-M004

As always, please feel free to share your works on the theme, in the comments section.

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2 thoughts on “Meetup 004: Dialogue Writing

  1. INT JUDGE CHAMBER – DAY

    Judge is sat on his majestic chair. Sat in front of him is the Defence Lawyer – who also happens to be the best criminal lawyer in the city. Both are enjoying a cup of chai.

    JUDGE
    Don’t worry, your case looks strong

    DEFENCE LAWYER
    Especially after this alibi

    Both share a wicked laughter.

    Just then a very young looking Prosecution Lawyer storms into the chamber. He is visibly upset.

    PROSECUTION LAWYER
    Your honour, how is it that fake witnesses are being presented under your watch?

    DEFENCE LAWYER
    Excuse me!

    Judge signals DEFENCE LAWYER lawyer to calm down and shifts his gaze to Prosecution Lawyer.

    JUDGE
    Careful young man. Watch your words?

    PROSECUTION LAWYER
    But your honour, he is a stock witness. You know that! He has been hired as witness in 5 cases just this year itself.

    DEFENCE LAWYER
    Why don’t you get the CCTV footage then. We will know for sure if the witness was in car or not.

    PROSECUTION LAWYER
    I could have, if you hadn’t tampered with it.

    JUDGE
    (Angry)
    I can charge you with contempt of court!

    PROSECUTION LAWYER
    Are you taking his side against mine? How much are they paying you? Anyways they seem to have paid off the only witness and also paid this new stock witness for a fake alibi.

    JUDGE
    My verdict is above reproach in this court of law

    PROSECUTION LAWYER
    But you know as well as I do, Akash was behind the wheels and is responsible for the death of those 2 poor people.

    DEFENCE LAWYER
    Why don’t you try proving that in court instead creating of a scene here

    PROSECUTION LAWYER
    I shall, come what may! See you in court!

    And he storms out.

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  2. “THE WRONG LIE”

    Husband and visibly pregnant wife are decorating their living room late in the night. Its their daughters 6th birthday next morning. Husband is a doctor who works in emergency. Over past 48 hours he was held up in various emergency cases – couple of which he goofed up leading to deaths. He is in a highly irritable mood.

    Doctor
    Can you pass the ribbons, FAST!

    Wife
    Excuse me. I am pregnant and SLOW.

    Doctor
    SLOW – that you are! How many times had I not told you to never forget the fuckin pill!

    Wife
    Oh yes! Its all my fault isn’t it!

    Doctor doesn’t answer and continues decorating.

    Wife
    I went to see Shekhar today

    Doctor
    Didn’t I say not to see him. Would you like if I see my ex again?

    Wife
    He is my doctor – nothing more nothing less. Anyways he said its a boy.

    Doctor who is busy blowing up balloons – didn’t seem to catch the last line. A few moments later it hits him!

    Doctor
    WHAT! Wait. Hangon. Its a boy, boy!

    Wife
    Yes – its a boy boy

    Doctor is overjoyed – he hugs his wife

    Doctor
    Who. I love you honey. Thanks for forgetting to pop the fuckin pill!

    Wife does not seem to be overjoyed though. She clearly has something else playing in her mind.

    Wife
    I have some good news

    Doctor
    (Still happy)
    Something better than this?

    Wife
    I got my admit letter to columbia. Full scholarship. Course starts in couple of months.

    Doctor
    But how can you? You are due in 6 months. Anyways how can you manage studies and kids both?

    Wife
    I know its going to be difficult. But this is something I really aspired for so long. I really slogged for it.

    Doctor
    No you are not going for it. That is final!

    Wife
    I already booked an appointment with Shekhar

    Doctor now visibly angry

    Doctor
    Abortion?

    Wife
    Yes its tomorrow afternoon

    Doctor
    Why fuckin Shekar then?

    Wife
    Coz he does not mess up his operations, unlike you.

    Thats it. That triggers doctor into mad rage. He picks up the golf club lying next to the couch and clubs her on her head.
    She is dead in an instant. In her hand is the letter of admit – doctor opens it only to find that she hadn’t got through to Columbia after all.

    Doctor
    FUCK!

    THE END

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