“What should I do to get noticed?”
“That low-cut top you’re wearing’s a good start.”
“You know what I mean. How do I make my writing stand out enough to get published?”
“Is that why you invited me for a drink – to get literary advice?”
“Darren, stop answering questions with questions – it’s bloody annoying.”
“Well, I don’t know. Tap into your emotions? Write about how you feel?
“Write on a subject you know about?”
“They all say that.”
“Because it’s true.”
“I know about being an aspiring author. About growing up with an annoying brother who quits uni, tries his hand at writing and gets a book deal at the first attempt.”
“There you go – jealousy. That’s an emotion you can use.”
“Bugger off. It’s not jealousy. It’s injustice. I get the English lit degree; you get producers asking about a screenplay.”
“Stop growling at people.”
“He was staring at you.”
“Don’t be so over-protective. I’m not a kid anymore. Focus on me. I’m asking for your help, Darren.”
“Well, they say you need a story that resolves a conflict. The main protagonist comes through a crisis, solves a problem.”
“Is that the best you can do – the bloody obvious? In a minute you’ll be telling me I need a beginning, a middle and an end. Jesus Christ!”
“Swearing’s cool these days. You’ll appeal to a young audience if you write like you talk.”
“Sorry. I’m just really down. Totally blocked.”
“Try something novel.”
“Shouldn’t I start with short stories?”
“No, not a novel – a unique story.”
“I dunno. A story with only dialogue?”
“Shakespeare made a good go of it.”
“You’re suggesting I write a play?”
“No, a short story or flash fiction. It can work well.”
“It depends what you write. And if you can make the conversation realistic.”
“And based on experience?”
“Exactly. People need to believe in your characters.”
“Do you want another vodka tonic?”
“No, I think I’ll go home to write.”
“Yes. I have an idea for a story…”
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