PROMPT: Dialogue

VoiceCATCH is on winter break (returning January 4th!). In the meantime, we have a prompt requested by a VoiceCATCH member: Dialogue.

Writer’s Digest offers this guide on writing realistic dialogue and using it effectively in your story. Read the article, and then try your hand with this nifty dialogue generator from

Bonus exercise: Find a comfortable spot in a public space (a coffee shop, lobby of a hotel, bus station, etc.). Write down verbatim some of the conversations you hear. Then study the dialogue in your favorite novel or story. How do the two compare?

Take a portion of the conversations you transcribed and try to use it in a piece of writing. What words and phrases help the story? What should be altered or cut?