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Weekend writing challenge: Steal from the real -- use someone else's words in your fiction


In honor of an intriguing new UK initiative to incorporate bits of overheard dialogue into writing—poems, flash fiction and scripts, the best to be published in an anthology—how about some Stolen Dialogue Prompts for the weekend? (And, hey, where’s our domestic version of this initiative?)

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WRITING PROMPTS: Stolen Dialogue 
Feel free to take the following prompts home or post a
response (500 words or fewer, funny, sad or stirring) in the Comments
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1. (Inspired by a recent restaurant visit, write a scene based on, or including, the following dialogue—)

“It’s her again.”
She holds the phone out.
“Don’t answer it then.”
“I don’t have a choice.”

2. Or, alternately:

After reading this, take the first conversation you have—no matter what—and work a sentence from it into the opening line of a short story.

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