It was a pleasure to chat with Shelagh Shapiro, the illustrious host of Write the Book podcast last week. The link is now live and you can listen to our conversation from the comfort of your home, any time.
At the end of each show, Shelagh asks the authors she interviews to share a writing prompt with her listeners. Here’s the prompt I suggested:
Pick up a box of buttons or bows or pieces of jewelry and choose two that are somehow different from each other. Think about the people who might wear or use these things. Write a scene where they meet somewhere - perhaps a café or park - and hold a conversation that begins: "Where were you last night?"
I’ve used this exercise before with my student and found that they find it to be a great avenue into scene, dialogue, and character.