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Writing exercise: Dialogue between colleagues


Two colleagues having a tense discussion in a modern office break room. The room has a coffee machine, some plants, and large windows. One colleague looks frustrated, while the other appears defensive.

 

Introduction to the exercise and its purpose:

This exercise is designed to practice writing dialogues between work colleagues, highlighting the professional and personal dynamics that can arise in a work context.


Situation:

Two colleagues are discussing an important project during a coffee break. As the conversation progresses, latent tensions and competition emerge between the two.


Writing Exercise:

Write down the conversation between the two colleagues, focusing on the power dynamics and underlying emotions. The dialogue should show professionalism and, at the same time, reveal the true feelings of the characters.


Tips and development of the exercise:

Start with a description of the coffee break area, creating a realistic atmosphere. Have the dialogue start with a work topic, such as a project or deadline. Use body language and subtext to bring out tensions. Insert small contrasts or biting comments to make competition obvious. End the scene with a moment of reflection or an important decision about the project.

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