Writing Excuses continue to provide excellent writing advice and interesting exercises through their podcasts. And so I keep beavering away at the exercises, and where possible using them for work in progress. This week, I’m working on book three of the Epiphany Club series, Aristocrats and Artillery, using the exercise from episode 10.19:
Write dialog in which each of the speakers has a different subtext and motive. Without explicitly stating those, try and make them clear to the reader.
This dialogue is between Isabelle McNair, adventurer and scholar with the Epiphany Club, and Louis, the King Under Paris. Prussian forces are invading France, Napoleon III has been overthrown, and the war is approaching Paris…
“Your Majesty.” Isabelle curtsied before the King. “So good of you to see us again at this difficult time.”
“Indeed.” There was a secretive little smile at the corner of Louis’s mouth. “The Prussians…
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