Dialogue Exercise

In this exercise, I would like you to write a brief piece (not more than three or four pages) in which you use almost exclusively dialogue to tell a story (I use the term "story" generally; this doesn't have to be fiction). It's okay to have brief stage directions. Yes—this is closer to drama or screen writing than fiction or poetry. The point is to put dialogue to work for yourself. Remember: dialogue really should only serve two purposes: propel the narrative and reveal character.

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