They come from cafes, malls, parks and trains. They can border on the bizarre. They can be like putting a puzzle together, or chipping a statue out of stone with only a face, or perhaps a hand, poking out to guide you.
Let’s take a stab at an occasional Stolen Dialogue prompt series—basically, snippets of dialogue overheard in the real world. Perhaps as a remnant of my reporter days, if a louder-than-normal conversation is happening nearby, I often jot down a few lines of stray conversation to decode and use as a mini writing challenge, or to get a feel for a different dialogue beat. Here, if you’re up for it, is a snippet from last weekend—and here’s to hoping we all have productive writing weeks.
WRITING PROMPT: Newfangled
Feel free to take the following prompt home or post your response (500 words or fewer, funny, sad or stirring) in the Comments section below. By posting, you’ll be automatically entered in our occasional around-the-office swag drawings.
“It’s new, but it doesn’t look new.”
“It never did.”
“They never do.”
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