“Dark Promptings” is a special series of guest-written creative writing prompts, aimed at sparking the imagination’s gasoline for writers from any genre…but with a dark or devious discoloration, just like the Instigation department at Gorelets.com. The guest contributors are folks who wrote articles appearing in my fat new non-fiction book for fiction writers of all kinds, Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction, making a stop here at gorelets.com as part of their Virtual Book Tour across the web. (You can find my own VBT essays elsewhere).
Our next “Dark Promptings” come from Regency romance writer, teacher, and columnist Natalie Duvall. Her article in Many Genres offers wonderful guidance in crafting sharp dialogue, so she brings together both her love of romance and her dark wit today to challenge you: “Can you use one or more of these snippets of romantic dialogue in a short story?”…
“I can’t love you when the beast is in you!”
“Your vulture eye seems to see right into the core of me.”
“Don’t mind the knife.”
“A sloe gin fizz for me and necrosis on the rocks for the lady.”
“I can’t see you tonight. I have to stay home and wash my puppet’s hair.”
Natalie Duvall lives in a big old house in a charming little town in Central PA. When not writing Regency-set historical romances, she enjoys walking as much as possible, unless it’s cold out. She is married with cats (three of them — Albert, Chun Lee and Eliot). Her real job involves waking up way too early to teach 11th graders English. During the evenings, she is a columnist and features writer for Fine Living Lancaster. In what free time is left, she trains in Krav Maga and is a lackadaisical triathlete. She blogs at natalieduvall.com
Natalie’s essay in Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction is called “Talking About Dialogue”.
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