Write a scene which contains at least four people interacting with one another. Make sure that each character has a different background. Pick characters with different genders, socioeconomic backgrounds, different races, different ages, from different parts of the country, or from different countries etc. The setting is inside an elevator in a public government building in a downtown city - a place you would likely get four people of different backgrounds. Halfway up to the 50th floor, the elevator jolts and stops. The lights blink. It's stalled. What happens next? After you write the scene, ask yourself, "Do the characters sound like four different people, or do they all sound the same?" Use different slang, rhythm, intonations and speech patterns to convey the characters' differences. Now have friends read the different parts, as written. The dialogue should sound as if four different people are speaking.


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