Posted by: victanguera | April 26, 2010

Writing Prompt #175

Recently, I’ve had someone sit in close proximity to me. Twice. If I have a conversation, she can overhear everything I say. This is a person I wouldn’t share information with. I’ll talk to her about innocuous things like the weather, cell phone plans, tango orchestras. I’ve never shared anything personal with her. So knowing she can overhear what I say–ooh, that bugs me.

In a story, gaining (and relaying) information is important. People lie. In stories, even more so. How does your character go about finding things out? What are their ethics around eavesdropping? Would they listen in on another person’s conversation if it is the only way to gain information? Read a diary? To me, that would contravene my own personal ethics, and I’d have a hard time feeling sympathy for a character that used those tactics to gain information. There must be other ways to find things out.

So for today’s prompt, write a scene where your character needs information. The easy route to find out what they need to know is eavesdropping. So what do they do instead?

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