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!


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.