Your character has a conversation with an influential person in their life. It can be a parent, a teacher, a mentor, anyone your character looks up to. Why are they having the conversation? Write the scene.
“What are you doing?” Mr. Bateman stands behind me as I pencil in the perfect shading on the mug in my drawing. I’ve drawn Kae’s hand perched over it, delicately dropping one of her reeds into it.
I look up at him and sarcastically say, “Yes, actually. It’s all part of the process of drawing.”
“I mean what are you doing with your life? Don’t you want to graduate? Get into an Art Institute?” He sits down in the chair next to me and picks up a spare pencil, spinning it around in his fingers.
“No. I just want to draw.”
He looks at me with those looks that teachers are trained to give students when they are treating them like kids, but I just give him the look right on back. Finally, his face slackens and he sighs. “Then what are you going to do with your art without an education?”
“I have education about art,” I look back down at my drawing. It’s almost as if the hand on the page could really drop the reed at any second it looks so lifelike. “That’s all I need to be an artist. I could do tattoo’s or design a shirt line. I’ve already got a pretty big selling network online with shirts and small art pieces.”
“But no one knows who you are yet.”
“Is that the point?”
He shoots back another question at me, ignoring mine completely. “Do you even know who you are yet?”
He’s got me there. Maybe I really don’t know what I’m doing.