Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Writing Prompt...Dialogue Between Exes

Breaking up or bumping into an ex is fodder for DRAMA! I want to see what you guys come up with. Write a scene that captures a break up or a run in with an ex. Use a known character from a book or movie -or- make up your own.
What would a breakup scene between Wonder Woman and Rhett Butler look like???
Rhett: "Frankly My dear, I don't give a--"
WW : BAM!!

Corny, I know. But have fun with it. It can be funny or dramatic.

*Sign up on the link list below and post the scene on your blog with a link back to Shoveling in a Jo Storm.
 I will visit your blog if you sign up and  in the next week or two (however long it takes to get a decent amount of participants) I will pick a winner for the most compelling or entertaining scene. The winner will get a copy of the book, I Never Fancied Him Anyway by the delightful Claudia Carroll.
Here is a little snippet of a larger scene from my book. (still in editing stage)

“Where’s your ring?” He looked up and searched Karma face, his brown eyes intense.

Karma gulped, now focused on what was happening. “Manny . . .” She considered saying she’d taken it off to do the dishes and forgotten to put it back on, but she was tired of everything.

“I can’t marry you,” she said.

Manny flinched and dropped her hand. His face looked like a faded black and white picture.

“I just don’t think it would work. I’m not ready,” Karma forced her voice through the shrinking hole in her throat.

“But, you have a whole year to get ready.” He said low and controlled, but with eyes like punctured steel.

“Even in a year ... I just … will never be ready to marry you. I’m sorry. You’ve been a good friend.” Karma put her hands in her hair, hating the what she had said.

Manny’s lips twitched. “Do you have any idea how foolish you sound?” he asked. His face became sharp and hard like a bronze statue.

His reaction only reaffirmed her decision. Karma straightened and looked him in the eyes. “If by that you mean-- I’m a fool for passing up the opportunity to marry someone so far above me, or that I may never get such a chance again, then I guess you underestimate my worth.”

“I chose you. I know your worth. I want you to be my wife,” Manny answered, his voice robotic.

“I don’t love you. And you only love yourself,” Karma said, recoiling from the building negative force she felt coming from him. She blinked hard against the sting.

“But ... this will look ridiculous,” Manny whispered.

“I’m sorry. I never wanted to make you look bad. I know how important looking good is to you.” Karma meant it sincerely, but as soon as she said it she knew it was a mistake. She opened her mouth to fix it. Too late.

Manny’s eyes crackled with anger and his nose flared. “Shut up,” he growled.

Karma’s heart jumped. “Sorry.” She stepped back, instinctively raising her hands.
Manny seemed taller and darker than normal, looking down at her with so much anger.

“You ... little ... ungrateful--” Veins bulged on the back of the fists he dropped to his sides and he moved away from her breathing hard.

Karma needed to leave. He was a volcano about to erupt. She tried to walk around him. “I need to find my mom.”

“Don’t walk away from me.” He ordered in a low ragged voice.

*Dun, dun, duuuun!
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Roland D. Yeomans said...

I know what scene I will use, though it will take me two or three days to post it.

Thanks for dropping by and commenting. It means a lot, Roland

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I am not much good in writing scenes in ordinary writing, Now poetry is a different matter,

Have a nice day,

Mama Kat said...

Yikes! Talk about awkward. Luckily I don't have any exes to run into. :)

Write Chick said...

I'm planning on playing. I just need to get something together. This will be fun! :-)

Terri said...

Great song. Super relevant topic for me, and raw. I'll let you know after seeing how tomorrow night goes.

Anonymous said...

I'm in. I'm writing something right now. Hang tight, it's coming. Also, I LOVE this scene in your book. I felt awkward and scared with her. Manny is such a jerk!

Lois D. Brown said...

To have a break up scene I'd have to actually write characters that have a "thing." Seeing how I'm still scared to write any kind of romance, I'm not sure how I'll do on a break. Hmmm. I'll try, but it might be too embarrassing to post.

Suzette Saxton said...

What a powerful song. I love this writing prompt! Hmmm, most of my stuff is middle grade, with a lack of breakup scenes. I will have to see if I can dig something up.

This is a fun contest, thanks!

Patricia A. Timms said...

This is a great prompt. I wish I had time to write for it. The reading will be great though.

I gave your blog an award! Come on over to my blog to retrieve it.

Have you been out to see Blue October lately? I haven't seen them for a bit.

Lola Sharp said...

So many things to tell you:

First, I wanted to thank you again and let you now I received the books. (I did email her to let her know I got them and to thank her, but I didn't hear back from her...which is fine. I just wanted you to know that I got them - and thanked her :)

Also, I LOVE Christina Perri...and that video helped me through revising my evil (that I'd rewritten 13,013 times-ish) chapter 16.

Lastly, I'd love to play, but I'm really trying to stay off the internets, buckle down & finish these damn revisions. I hope you understand.

And your post below...beautiful. I agree with every word. But the photo of your son in the hospital made me tear up. I'm glad your adorable little guy can speak now. *hugs*

Have a wonderful week, Jo.

Pam Torres said...

I love the song. I totally have a scene that I have wanted to write. If I don't make it by the deadline know that your prompt and excerpt really inspired me to get it down. Thanks!

Jo said...

I love the excerpt from your book! I think my heart is actually racing! What happens next??????

Phoenix said...

Fantastic scene you wrote, Jo! I'd love to read more...and that Jar of Hearts video is pretty cool! Wish I had a scene between exes to contribute... I'll see if I can think of something!

A Pen In Neverland: Angela Peña Dahle said...

Sounds like fun. I don't quite have the time for it just yet...BUT will keep it in the idea box and post when I get it done. Better late than never even if no one else reads it but me! Thanks for the writing prompt idea!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to do this, is it still open? When is the deadline? And are we just posting the scenes on our blogs?
What a great idea!
Put it on Paper

Anonymous said...

All right, my break-up scene is posted.
Thanks! This was a lot of fun to write!
Put it on Paper