Sunday, May 31, 2009

This Week's Practice Exercise

Torn (Version 3)

Prepared by: Florence Cardinal
Revised and posted on: 31 May 2009

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Exercise: In fewer than 500 words, show us a character
trying to choose between two mutually exclusive goals.

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In this exercise, show a character torn by having to
choose between two mutually exclusive goals. Show the
struggle faced by someone who has well-defined, but
incompatible, goals. For example, how might a mother
feel who is torn between her desire to at stay home
with her children and her urge to pursue her dreams?
How will a young man respond when he wants to go
mountain climbing with his friends, but knows that
if he stays home he has a chance for a date with the
prettiest girl in class?

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Exercise: In fewer than 500 words, show us a character
trying to choose between two mutually exclusive goals.

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To critique: Note if the conflict is clear and
understandable, and the character's actions show
his or her inner struggle. Please continue to point
out ways the writing in general may be improved
through revision or editing.


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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