Saturday, October 27, 2007

This week's practice exercise~ My Way or the Highway

Exercise: My Way or the Highway (Version 2)

Prepared by: Rheal Nadeau
Reposted, revised, on: Sun, 28 Oct 2007


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Exercise: In 300 to 500 words, put two or more characters in a
position of conflict. It should be reasonably clear to the reader what
motivates each character. Avoid outright exposition: show the conflict,
don't tell us about it.

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Conflict is with us every day, from the war in Iraq to a teen arguing
against a curfew. Both sides are convinced they are right.

At times conflicts arise apart from a difference of opinion. One party
perceives an unfairness that may or may not exist. Think of the
stereotypical argument between a husband and wife, based not on real
conflict but on unstated expectations and perceived faults.

Each character must act for plausible reasons, based on valid
motivations; each must have his or her own goals, aspirations, or fears.
It is not necessary to resolve the conflict; submissions here are not
meant to be full stories. And it doesn't have to be a major conflict; it
could be a minor conflict that interferes with some bigger goal.

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These exercises were written by IWW members and administrators to provide structured practice opportunities for its members. You are welcome to use them for practice as well. Please mention that you found them at the Internet Writers Workshop (http://www.internetwritingwor kshop.org/).

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