Writing realistic dialogue can be tricky. It might sound fine in your head but when you read it aloud you realise your characters have become as lifeless and flat as a piece of cardboard.\r\nSo the next time you\u2019re out and about try this easy exercise for instant dialogue success.\r\n\r\nOpen your ears.\r\nThis weekly writing prompt challenges you to use people-watching\/listening to kickstart your writing.Image Credit: StreetFly JZ Photography, Creative Commons.\r\nListen to those around you, not just what they\u2019re saying but the inflections of their words, when they pause, when they break their sentence off. Listening to realistic speech and being aware of how it\u2019s constructed means that when you write a character\u2019s dialogue their voice will be authentic.\r\n\r\nPractice.\r\nKeep an eye (or an ear) out for interesting lines of dialogue throughout your day and write them down so you don\u2019t forget. Choose one or two sentences and work them into a story.\r\nThis writing prompt allows you to create new dialogue around your chosen speech, as well as build up an arsenal of ready-to-use lines that you can slip into any story.\r\nWe've got even more writing prompts to practice with! Check them out if you're up for a challenge.