Want to join in? Here’s this week’s Author Aerobics challenge. Answers to the challenge will be posted on Friday. If you use this writing prompt, post a link to your entry in the comments below, and I’ll update this post with links to yours. Everyone’s welcome!
Internal Dialogue Challenge
What’s going on in your character’s head? If you are writing in the third person point of view, you will sometimes need to show what your character is thinking. The advice on how to handle it is mixed. Italics? No italics?
These are a few ways I’ve seen this handled:
- Italics: Sally flung open the fridge. I’m starving!
- Dialogue tags: Who finished the last of my birthday cake? she wondered.
- Third person description: It had to be her little brother. She knew she should have hidden the cake somewhere less obvious.
This week’s challenge: Write a piece of fiction (1000 words or less) that includes moments of internal dialogue. The theme: “fireworks”
This week’s stories:
- Fireworks Mods by Aidan Fritz – He aimed for the bell, and they came after him. It wouldn’t be so easy.
- Kathryn’s Child by Stephen Watkins – It’s name was Shiva and it was her creation.
- Fire Shooting by J.P. Cabit – You don’t want to be on the wrong end of this barrel.
- The Old Woman and the Dragon by T.S. Bazelli – It’s never wise to keep a dragon as a pet.