Thursday, May 1, 2014
Two Kindergartners Discuss Vomit
Adam: Sofie, are you there?
Adam: Do you know that some people drink vomit?
Sofie: Ack! Really?
Sofie: Do you?
Adam: No. Well, I have.
Sofie: Really? Was it bad?
Adam: Not as bad as drinking blood.
Sofie: Yeah, my blood doesn't taste very good.
So this is a real conversation that trumps just about every fictional conversation I've ever read for a great opening, surprise twists and a universally accessible subject matter. Can you capture the these qualities in a fictional conversation and not have it sound stilted or artificial? That, I figure, is one of the great quests of the writer.