AWG Meeting - Exercise, Dialogue

  • October 9, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Writer 1:  I feel like I may need help with my dialogue. Do you know any good exercises?

Writer 2:  Not this again.

Writer 1:  Well, as you know, we are both writers, so I thought we could come up with a way to make our writing better. Like we have done in the past at the group we run together that, as you know, meets on Wednesday evenings.

Writer 2:  I'll think of something.

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  • Maurice S.

    I'm sorry I missed the meeting yesterday but I couldn't move. I exercised more than was prudent and my back, fed up with the new regime, gave me a piece of its mind: "You took advantage of me but 'no mas.' Enough! I'm done cooperating. Let's see how you feel now!" I thought it wiser not to challenge it.

    October 10, 2013

  • Thierry S.

    Excellent and well-led. I always get a lot out of these sessions, so thanks to the organizers!

    October 10, 2013

  • Maurice S.

    What exactly is "exercise dialogue"? Maurice

    October 8, 2013

    • Thierry S.

      I'd still opt for the jumping jacks. Hilarity would ensue there too.

      1 · October 9, 2013

    • Joanna

      Stumped, Colleen. I'll be heading home right after.

      October 9, 2013

  • George R

    Cannot make it tonight. Sorry for the late notice. Too much on my plate right now. See you all next week.

    With apologies to Paddy Chayefsky:

    Friend: What do you want to write about tonight, Marty?

    Marty: I dunno. What do you want to write about?

    Friend: I dunno-- maybe we could hang out at the AWG meeting.

    Marty: Aw, I'm no good with those professionals

    Friend: Don't worry, Marty. All they are doing tonight is exercising.

    Marty: I still dunno. Maybe we should just go get a couple of lattes at Starbucks and talk about writing.

    Friend: OK. Maybe we can go next week--I think they are just going to like...criticize.

    Marty: Yeah, well let's get those lattes, before they get cold.

    Friend: OK, Marty, whatever you say.

    October 9, 2013

  • Terence K.

    A great challenge is writing dialog for a group of people speaking with each other, some speech aimed at specific other people, some to the group as a whole, keeping several conversations in the air at once. This is difficult enough in drama, where you can see mouths move -- on paper, it's even tougher - And yet this sort of conversation happens all the time around us (try Thanksgiving dinner!)

    October 7, 2013

  • Jess

    Me: Dialogue? I'm so in. Assuming I don't fall asleep on the bus ride there.

    October 7, 2013

  • Jim

    I'm gonna write that down! Will you watch me?!

    October 4, 2013

    • Michael K.

      Here I am, all set to write my big screenplay!

      October 5, 2013

  • Kristin J.

    Excellent dialogue writer one and writer two. Great suggestion!

    October 4, 2013

  • George R

    Any submissions for review?

    October 3, 2013

  • Jim

    Consider my "yes" a "maybe" ... I'll clear the spot if it turns into a "no."

    October 3, 2013

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