This week’s prompt is designed to help you practice your revision skills without the risk of messing up your manuscript. Edit the bad writing, strengthen and clarify the goals, conflict, and stakes, develop the setting, establish the character, etc. You know the drill.
You have to keep the bones of the piece, but how you get those ideas across is up to you. Add whatever details strike you, as long as you can still identify this scene as the scene I started—so no completely rewriting it from scratch. The goal is to make this monstrosity better.
Today, it’s about fleshing out a scene that’s missing something—in this case, everything but the dialogue (and half of that is empty dialogue).
Edit this “white room” conversation into something worth reading.
Write as much or as little as you’d like. Genre, market, details, and context are all up to you.
“I don’t know about this.”
“It’ll be great, trust me.”
“People who say that never should be.”
“This time it’s different, I promise.”
“You’re not building any confidence here.”
“What do you want me to say? That I’m sorry? Well I’m not.”
“And that’s supposed to make it better?”
“No, it’s supposed to make you take a risk and do something that might actually change your life.”