Tell your protagonist to stop talking. This month, write a piece with only five words or less of dialogue.
But don’t just put them in a room alone. Are they communicating with someone else? Are the five words important? Do they regret what they’ve said, or do the words assuage the situation?
Or are the five words utter nonsense?
If you’re looking for inspiration, check out this list of dialogue starters.
Houdini by James Ezra
The Luna Moth by Alexandra Cline
The Crossing by Bill Cox
Salt of the Earth by Copper Rose
A Man of Few Words by Angela Wright
Confession by Carys Crossen
Even by Belinda Brady
Twittering About New Year by Ray Wright
Waiting by Luke Worthington
Romeo and Juliet by Mileva Anastasiadou