Writing 101, Day 7

Write a post based on the contrast between two things — whether people, objects, emotions, places, or something else.

Remember those “compare and contrast” essays in composition class, in which you’re forced to create a clunky juxtaposition of two arguments? Just because that particular form was a bore doesn’t mean that opposition has no place in your writing.

Bringing together two different things — from the abstract and the inanimate to the living and breathing — creates a natural source of tension, and conflict drives writing forward. It makes your reader want to continue to the next sentence, to the next page. So, focus on your two starkly different siblings, or your competing love for tacos and macarons, or whether thoughts are more powerful than words, or…you get the idea.

Today’s twist: write your post in the form of a dialogue. You can create a strong opposition between the two speakers — a lovers’ quarrel or a fierce political debate, for example. Or you could aim to highlight the difference in tone and style between the two different speakers — your call!



So excited about this one! This has Naj and Seth written all over it! And the one thing they’re most likely to argue over?

“You can’t be serious.”

Seth crossed his arms, refusing to open himself up to the idea.

Naj pulled at his arm, a playful smile filling his face.

“Come ooon- it’ll be fun!” His eyes were wide and pleading, and he even batted his eye lashes a few times, though he knew his brother would be completely unimpressed.

Seth narrowed his gaze, leaning away from Naj’s tugging.

“No, no and no. That cat gives me enough grief without me going to him willingly.”

Naj knew he was gaining ground. The fact that Seth had even acknowledged what they were talking about was a huge step. He’d whittle his brother down. It was only a matter of time.

He released Seth’s arm, turning away but giving him a coy glance over his shoulder.

“‘Willing’ is such a relative term, don’t you think, brother mine?”

He took a few steps down the hallway before tossing back, “Whatever helps you sleep at night.”

Seth stared after his cheeky little brother until he disappeared into a bedroom. Shock gave way to annoyance, and Seth stalked off in the other direction, in search of a ‘willing’ target for his frustrations.


2 thoughts on “Writing 101, Day 7

  1. I do so love reading about Seth and Naj!

    It makes we wonder about that cat they are talking about. I’m pretty sure I know who that is. 😉

    I do hope that they can make up soon. Maybe something involving chocolate? 🙂



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