How often have you been conversing with someone about a given topic when, without preamble, they kick off another topic? It probably happens more than you’d prefer. Or maybe you’re the one who jumps around?
Just as in real life, your characters must encounter people who refuse to stay on topic. How they react to this individual says a lot about the character.
For example, is the other senile? If so, is your character patient or react rudely?
What if the person is the boss? How then does your character act?
Your task is to write a scene of dialogue in which no more than three individuals are in a discussion. Make the topic realistic for the situation.
As the conversation moves along, one of the characters changes the topic. How do the others react? Do they follow that thread or steer the conversation back to the original topic?
Reread, looking to see is information pops through about your characters. If not, rewrite.
Have fun with this one.