So my friend is trying to design a game, and this type of game requires a lot of dialogue scenarios. As practice, I will try to cook up a quick, random dialogue using this prompt in a short manner. The scenario: a male protagonist meets a girl.
GENEX011 = Generic Girl X personality (fun/serious/shy). No disposition (cannot be overly athletic/artistic/religious/studious). Meet up event.
I am choosing the shy trait. I will try to blast out this dialogue as quickly as possible for me, thinking about things as little as possible. This will be good practice for learning how to get dialogue written faster, hopefully getting to a point where I can crank out character conversations in a quick manner to sound more natural. This will be a different means than trying to think too hard about every word in a sentence. Baby steps.
At a junior college campus in Ohio, the male protagonist walks up to see a girl with glasses around his age who is reading a glimmering, golden-covered novel under the shade of a large tree. The girl appears lost in thought as she flips through its pages, unaware of her surroundings as the protagonist approaches. The protagonist quietly walks up and begins a conversation with the girl.
PROTAGONIST: That’s a shiny book you got there. What are you reading?
GIRL: Umm, thank you. Well, it’s nothing, really.
The girl quickly tries to hide her book in her book bag.
PROTAGONIST: Come on now. Don’t be like that. What you’re reading can’t be that bad.
The girl reluctantly pulls out the book from her bag and tilts the cover toward the protagonist slowly.
GIRL: It’s the first book in the Daylight series …
PROTAGONIST: Daylight? You mean the book about the guy who gets stalked by the vampire chick?
GIRL: Yeah … pretty dumb, huh?
PROTAGONIST: Nah, I don’t think so.
The protagonist leans in and has his hand over his mouth, eyeing over his shoulder before he says anything further.
PROTAGONIST: Truth is, I have the full set of books myself.
The girl’s eyes widen as she hears this from the protagonist.
PROTAGONIST: Yup, no joke. I have the whole set. I see you got the limited edition book with the golden cover.
The protagonist sits beside the girl and peers down at the book.
GIRL: It’s pretty, huh? My mom got it for me for my birthday last weekend.
The protagonist lets out a chuckle before he continues speaking.
PROTAGONIST: Haha, I wouldn’t hear the end of it if my friends found out I read these books!
GIRL: Hehe, I don’t know why I like these books that much. Stephan Reyem writes pretty poorly, and the plot doesn’t make much sense if you think about it.
PROTAGONIST: I don’t know why I like them so much, either, but I think something so bad can be good sometimes. Haha.
The two start laughing together as the girl sets the book down on her lap.
GIRL: Haha, like who’s ever heard of a wimpy guy who gets stalked by a vampire chick? It’s so stupid, haha.
PROTAGONIST: No kidding. Haha, or what about that werewolf chick who has the hots for the same guy? Man, it’s so dumb!
The two burst out laughing even harder as they start rolling around on the grass, clutching their stomachs.
PROTAGONIST: By the way, I’m Steve.
GIRL: Nice to meet you. I’m Gina.
STEVE: They are playing the first Daylight movie in the school theatre tonight. Want to go?
GINA: I’d loved to!
STEVE: Want to go out for burgers first? I’m starving.
Gina places her Daylight book away as the two get up. They start walking off-campus toward a popular burger joint for local college students.