Write a scene which consists of a real or imagined altercation between two people in a public space. It could be written from the perspective of someone observing the altercation or of one of the participants.

Write no more than 250 words.

To help you do so, here are this month’s Writing Tips:

• Start the scene where things are happening. Don’t begin by explaining where and when it’s taking place.
• Use realistic dialogue, not reported speech. If you’re not sure how real it sounds, read it aloud.
• Don’t use only dialogue or your scene will end up sounding like verbal ping-pong.
• Intersperse your dialogue with actions. What are your characters doing while they’re speaking. This not only breaks the dialogue but give us some insight into their feelings and reactions.
• Use body language and bodily responses, where appropriate.

Paste your entry into the body of an email and send it to trish@allaboutwritingcourses.com by midnight on January 31 2017.

Entries are judged blind by Jo-Anne and Richard and the winner receives a book voucher worth ZAR 300 to the independent book shop of their choice.

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