Writing Prompt: Don’t speak

3111207407_ea37525588_zThis is less a prompt and more a challenge. Can you write a story with no dialogue?

Normally it would be a terrible mistake to have a story with no dialogue, but if you come at it from the right angle, and have a good reason it could be great. After all, we learn the rules so we can know when and how to break them for the right dramatic impact.

Don’t forget to think about why your characters can’t talk. Be careful to not make things boring, don’t forget the fiction staples of conflict and change to keep things interesting for your readers.

I’d love to hear how you went, and read any results. Link or discuss in the comments below.


About Kirstie Olley

Kirstie Olley was the President of Vision Writers Group during 2015-2018, has had ten short stories published since joining the group in 2012, has been a finalist in the Aurealis Awards and received multiple honourable mentions in the Writers Of The Future contest. She also blogs and has free fiction at her website http://www.storybookperfect.com/
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2 Responses to Writing Prompt: Don’t speak

  1. Daniel says:

    I take it there’s nothing typed or ‘spoken’ through telepathy either, since those would normally count as ‘dialogue’ of sorts, so to speak…

    • I suppose it’s up to the individual writer, but I feel any way two people communicate creates dialogue, be they talking, signing, or using telepathy. But these are just exercises, something fun to get the words flowing, so it’s not like I’m going to grade anyone’s results ;p

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