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Setting


Write a dialogue between two people of different genders. This could be a parent and child, school friends, lovers, co-workers -- whoever, as long as one is female and one male. After you've drafted, notice if you gave the fragment a setting. If not, do so -- put your charcters in the park, in a restaurant, at the kitchen table -- wherever. Now write again, changing the weather or atmosphere. If they are outside, what if it starts to rain? What if they are indoors and the lights go out? What if it's a moon-drenched night? Breathless heat? Let the "weather" change the atmosphere -- and, perhaps, what they say.

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