Choices in dialogue

I’m typing this on my phone so let’s hope there aren’t too many typos.

I was thinking about choices in dialogue. I suppose sometimes characters drive the toe of choices I’m thinking about, but sometimes it could go both ways.

Scenario A
Character A: do you believe me?
Character B: i want to believe you

Scenario B:
Character B: i want to believe you.
Character A: believe me.

What is the difference?
I think there are a couple of differences.

First, i think there is a didn’t character power dynamic between those scenarios.

Second, there is a certain anxiety and insecurity in both, but it is different between them. I think the first is active anxiety, the second passive anxiety. The first is active because there is a question asked and answered. The second is a passive anxiety which is shown through terse statements, no questions, and a lot of tension.

Third, neither is better than the other but they are very different aren’t they? These are the choices: same conversation, but not, so which works for our stories?

These are things i am working on in revisions and my current writing process.


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