Figment Daily Themes-February 1, 2012
Write an active scene entirely in dialogue. No quotation marks; no he said-she said; no description of action—just the words the characters say. Don’t explicitly tell us what the activity is, but through your characters’ dialogue, make it clear what they’re doing.
Shit. Shit! No….
No,no, no! Its gone!
Oh my gosh! I had the perfect post.
Yeah, it was perfect. It was a post about the last conversation I had with my ex-boyfriend! It was excruciating and painful… so real! I mean man! It was like just perfect, like the intensity, rhythm and the metaphors! So epic.
You didn’t save it?
…Are you kidding me, would I be this destroyed if I had saved it?
Woah! ok. Settle down, that does sucks.
Can’t you just rewrite it?
No! No… No it just would be the same. I was just so proud of that one. I just wouldn’t do it justice again, so why bother!
But you know what you said so, really you just need to sit down and rewrite it.
Really…really…? Just sit down and write it you say.
Hey. I didn’t delete it, sassy.
I know, sorry… Shit. This is shit.
Shit indeed friend.
I just couldn’t go through it again, I couldn’t relive that again.
Woah, maybe it was fate.
What do you mean?
Dude, I don’t think it would be very healthy to keep that conversation saved on virtual paper somewhere. To have on record, slash, a in public diary entry.
Yeah, the powers that be are saying “f” that douche bag, he doesn’t deserve anymore of your time, let alone your creativity.
Yeah I’m pretty good.
Ok but, I had this one great line in there about, words traveling through the air as particles, leaving my mouth and entering his ear…
No it gets good, then the words go through the air, travelling into his ear, then like a blender, his brain recontexualizes them and files them under “Irrational, emotional, ex-girlfriend shit”
Is recontextualizes a real word
Yeah! …yeah? Wait, but it got so good, because then his response to that totally supports my descriptive, yet arty statement!
Yeah, I just looked it up, it’s not a real word.
Are you listening?
That’s so funny, because it totally sounds like a real word, but it not! People totally have used that in meetings here.
Wait…fate, really. The powers that be would really spend time trying to stop me from reliving my pain.
Fate recontextualizes your pain.
Don’t do it.
What do I do then.
Don’t. Do. It. You got better material than that.
Yeah, no more talk of that schmuck.
That was in our conversation, I was like “I’m done!”