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Writing Exercise: Family Dialogue

A family dinner scene with two siblings arguing passionately while their parents try to mediate. The setting is a cozy dining room with a table full of food, and the expressions on the faces of the family members show tension and concern.


Introduction to the exercise and its purpose:

This exercise is designed to develop the ability to create realistic and natural dialogue. The goal is to use dialogue to characterize characters and advance the plot, while maintaining fluid and believable conversation.


During a family dinner, a heated discussion emerges between two brothers about an important issue. The conversation also involves the parents, who try to mediate between the two.

Writing Exercise:

Write a dialogue scene between family members. Focus on the dynamics between the siblings and the parents, showing the tensions, emotions and attempts to mediate.

Tips and development of the exercise:

Begin by describing the dining room environment, creating a realistic atmosphere. Have the brothers begin the discussion with a light tone that gradually becomes more intense. Use interruptions, changes in tone and subtext to make the dialogue more dynamic. Have the parents intervene at key moments, trying to keep the peace, and end the scene with a reflection on the possible future of the family relationship.


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