Writing 101: Remote Wars


You screwed up and you know it. Don't blame it on the star.

You screwed up and you know it. Don’t blame it on the star.

Today’s Writing 101 Challenge is: Write a post based on the contrast between two things — whether people, objects, emotions, places, or something else. Write it in dialog form.

“Oh no. What is this? Another documentary? Let me guess…it’s about some war or a dead president.”


“Give me the remote.”


“I’m not watching this.”

“You don’t even know what it’s about.”

“It’s a documentary. That’s all I need to know. Last night it was about one of the Roosevelts. The night before it was about another one of the Roosevelts. Need I go on?”

“Okay. But if there isn’t anything better on, we’re watching this. It’s about Mark Twain. For your information he’s not a dead president!”

“I know. Oh look! Dancing with the Stars!”

“You’ve got to be kidding me. Do you even care about how many brain cells you’re losing per minute when you watch crap like this?”

“What? It’s interesting to see all the dance moves and how each star improves from week to week. Plus a lot of them lose weight and get healthier. Dancing is great exercise for your body and mind.”

“Watching dancing isn’t such great exercise.”

“Shut up.”

“What happened to Drew Carey? He looks like an old man who needs Geritol to get through the day.”

“He lost a ton of weight dancing on this show. He looks healthy, not old.”

“I liked him better when he was fat. He doesn’t look as happy or as funny. Give me the remote. I can’t stand seeing these people flopping around.”

“No. I want to watch this.”

“Look it’s a commercial. I can’t stand all the commercials. At least PBS doesn’t have all these stupid commercials.”

“Well, I have to agree with you there.”

“You agree with me?”

“Yeah, I guess I did.”

“How about we take this agreement into the bedroom?”


Click (sound of TV turning off)

~ by Lorna's Voice on September 23, 2014.

26 Responses to “Writing 101: Remote Wars”

  1. I bet this kind of conversation happens in a lot of homes–some relationships survive it and others just don’t! 😉

  2. This is funny, probably the way my ex and I sounded about the remote. We were definitely trying to make compromises, television is not the blame for our divorce. hahaha!

  3. Thanks! This was a fun one for sure! 🙂

  4. Yeah, me, too! Glad you liked it. And thanks for taking the time to read and comment. 🙂

  5. This was just such a fun one to write. I know conversations like this happen in lots of households! 😉

  6. No where near half! Thanks for stopping in and commenting! Glad you liked the post. 🙂

  7. Thanks! It hit home with me, too! 😉

  8. I wanted to leave it up to the reader to decide who was who in the “war.” Glad you liked it! And thanks for stopping in and commenting! 🙂

  9. That’s what I was thinking!

  10. It’s for your own safety–at least that’s what the government always tells us!

  11. Thanks so much!

  12. Thanks!

  13. Thanks!

  14. Very natural dialog!

  15. Great dialogue. 🙂

  16. Great writing Lorna 🙂

  17. Hey, how DARE you record the nightly conversation at my house without my consent!

  18. Aaaah to the bedroom where all arguments get solved in the nicest of ways…

  19. Remote Wars happen across the nation, the world even. Yes, you did nail it. Although it could be any number of combinations, I imagined it was the Missus wanting to watch the documentary and the Mister who wanted to watch the dancing. I almost had a sense that you would reveal something of that nature at the end of the post. Either way, it was funny and spot on.
    Thank you for sharing.

  20. Oh – this one strikes a nerve!! Remote wars is the perfect title! 🙂

  21. I wonder how many women usually have the remote, not half the population I bet! Enjoyed reading your piece.

  22. This is so familiar, Lorna. I’m nor huge fan of TV but when David is away, I delight in the control. Mostly I make jewelry while guys on the field kill each other or big boys knock around a little white ball and throw clubs. No, wait…that’s me. They just shake their heads.

  23. This made me laugh, I can definitely recognise some of those lines!

  24. And you nailed it! 😀

  25. Thanks! I was wondering how I was going to write my way out of this one! 😉

  26. This happens almost in every house. While reading this, there was a smile on my face throughout which got wider later. I liked the way how it turned romantic in the end. 😉

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