Today’s prompt is once again about exploring the art of conversation. However, art may be too strong a word. We’re going to delve into the conversation as it mixes with alcohol. Those times when the things we shouldn’t say are sometimes said.
The setting is up to you, but the most obvious would be to place yourself at a bar. For this prompt you’ll need another person to talk to, but, unless you really want to explore the setting, that is all you need. The conversation is down to you as well. It could be a discussion about your relationship, something that happened in the past or the latest political or sporting scandal.
Once you have your setting and discussion idea, let the conversation flow… and the alcohol! Your characters need to be on the wrong side of sober. They don’t need to be drunk, but they do need to be at the stage where their inhibitions have dropped. You’ll need to dig deep into your memories if you no longer drink. Or use your imagination if you’re not yet of that age, or have never drunk alcohol.
Try to bring out the false confidence that alcohol brings. The discussion at many a bar could solve all of the world’s problems if you listen closely. Unfortunately that false hope disappears in the new dawn, replaced by that headache and regret.
Fantasy and sci-fi writers can create their own brand of alcohol, but again explore how conversation is different when inhibitions drop. If you’re on a spaceship, what are the rules for alcohol? Have you been making your own in the science lab? Have fun, but don’t drink too much!
Put pen to paper or finger to keyboard and write. Draw on your memories, the emotions, the sensations that you have and write. There is no minimum or maximum word count, just write and see where your creativity leads you. We’ll have another creative writing prompt to inspire and develop the writing habit tomorrow.