I’m Hearing Voices-Day 2-Dialogue

This week, I’m dedicating the blog to  I’m Hearing Voices , which is an awesome blogfest hosted by Cassie Mae at Reading, Writing, and Lovin’ it! and Angie at Live to Write…Edit when Necessary.
This blogfest is a series of writing exercises we have to post on the 6th, 8th and 10th of February, and since I love stretching those writing muscles, I decided to join in!
After my post on Monday, here’s what the hosts want us to do today, the 8th of February:

Dialogue Introduction: Have two characters introduce each other using only dialogue—no backstory, no internalization, just dialogue between the two. Max 250 words.

Here is my attempt, where Vrishcik, the character I interviewed on 6th February is in conversation with the character Churi he mentioned then.

 “Don’t you dare let her call you ‘Vish’!” said Churi, eyes blazing.
“You weren’t the first to give me that nickname. My Mum called me Vish first– Anjali can call me Vish if she wants to!” Vrishchik crossed his arms, turning away.
“Who the hell is Anjali? What does she mean to you?”Churi walked around to face him, looking up, the kohl in her eyes underlining their intensity.
“Oh do shut up. She’s just another woman, and you know that,” said Vrishchik, his expression a study in boredom.
“So why haven’t I met her? Why are you keeping her all to yourself?”
“I’m doing nothing of the kind. It is just too early for you to meet.”
“Why? Don’t you want her? Why are you with her then?” said Churi, genuinely curious now.
“I’m not running low on canvases, Churi,  and canvases keep better on bodies,” said Vrishchik, turning away to the wall, which took him to his last painting.
“Doesn’t this one look beautiful?” said Churi, running her fingertips over the lines on the life-sized canvas that the brush had followed with such a sure, skilled touch. “But your best is yet to come, I think, all you need is a good canvas and the right mix of wrinkles and smoothness.”

“Maybe,” said Vrishchik.”You’re not steel as you claim, Churi. You have emotions.”“

She’s the One isn’t she?”said Churi.

“Yes,”said Vrishchik, blood welling up on his finger as he touched Churi to make sure she hadn’t lost her edge.

What are your best tips to write dialogue? How do dialogue and characterisation play into each other?

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  1. Damyanti

    Thanks everyone, once again.

    I'm glad the creepiness has come through, and that the characters come across as pretty blasé about it–that is what I'm aiming at in the story. 🙂

  2. Dianne Gardner

    I think I know what they're talking about. (shudder). Intense. You are good at setting up the friction. I just wonder what your climax is going to be.

  3. Jess

    Ooh very cool! And I agree, it's creepy because everyone is so relaxed! Very good job!!

    Following along 🙂

  4. Leigh Covington

    So smooth, and flowing. The characters are amazing. So creepy, especially because they are so relaxed about everything. You don't push the creepiness and I like that. 🙂

  5. Damyanti

    Thanks everyone for the lovely comments. I just hope the story with the two of them turns out to be just as popular 🙂

  6. Clare

    Am I the only one who saw a sinister edge to this? The way Vrishchik and Churi were talking about the canvas, and about Anjali gave me a creepy feeling. Like maybe, Vrishchik intends for Anjali to be the canvas.

    Very intriguing.

  7. Damyanti

    Thanks Miranda!

    Rusty, they're Indian television actors, who currently play leads in a popular Indian romantic drama-comedy. Yes, I find it helpful that I know what my villain looks like.

  8. Rusty Trombone

    A fab piece of writing with a good flow. Who are the people in the photos you use? Bollywood actors? I think it's good to have an idea of what your characters look like, even if you use existing people as an inspiration or rough sketch,as I am doing xxx