finger or pat her on the back? Did she give him the finger or jump up and down? Or hug him?
I love collecting snippets of conversation. They might inspire characters or I might hear a certain voice (ie. sing-songy or chirpy) that I want to emulate in my writing.
Here are a couple of conversations I heard recently.
Place: In line at the convenience store.
Clerk 1 to clerk 2: And he said he was going out this weekend, blah blah blah. And then I said, yada yada yada.
Note: I have no idea what they were talking about but apparently they understood the blah blahs and yada yadas just fine.
2. Place: At convenience store
Mom is at cashier with four tweens. They all have slushies.
Mom to girls: Stop it! I told ya that's all you're gettin'. (Girls picking up different snack items near register.)
Mom to cashier: After I see what this costs (points to slushies) then I'll know how much gas I can get. (Note: You prepaid for gas at this store).
Mom and girls walk out the door.
Mom: (throws hand in air) You girls are embarrassin'. I told ya when we went in there that slushies were all you were gettin'.
Note to readers: I will post real conversations as I hear them. Feel free to share any that you've heard in comments.
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