Sunday, August 24, 2008

This Week's Practice Exercise~

Prepared by: Rheal Nadeau
Reposted, revised on: Sunday, 24 August 2008

In 300 words or less, write a scene making it clear to the reader what your
character is thinking or feeling using non-verbal cues only.
Experts say the majority of communication is non-verbal--body language, eye
movements, facial expressions, etc. How often have you known something was
wrong with a friend or loved one, without a verbal clue?

The purpose of this exercise is to make us think about how we ascertain a
person's attitude from non-verbal cues. Rely only on body language and other
visual clues to realistically portray what a character is thinking and
feeling without dialogue. If you use dialogue, don't give away the
character's emotion in what is spoken.
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.

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