Site contents copyright 2004-2010 Michelle Hakala except where otherwise noted.

Exercise #393

Exercise #393: Craft
Posted  11/5/10

A few of you sent me good suggestions for Craft exercises, and I will keep those, so if this one isn’t yours don’t lose hope. I chose this one from Chas because she not only gave me a suggestion, she wrote most of the exercise and I admit I’m still very short on time tonight.

“When people talk, listen completely.... Most people never listen.”
                                                          - Ernest Hemingway

Keeping that quotation in mind, write a short piece that shows a conversation between three or four people in which:
     * At least one character hears nothing the way it is meant and responds from what seems to at least one of the others as another world altogether,
     * At least one character takes what is said completely literally, which can be almost as off base as the one from another world.

Each person hears and responds to what is said, but from such different perspectives that to an outsider it could be almost gibberish. And to those participating in the conversation?

Show us what each takes away from the brief conversation relative to its opening line.

Critiquers, along with the usual technical critique, note how well you think the author met the requirements of this exercise. Why or why not?

Word limit: 1000
Please use the subject line
       SUB: Exercise #393/yourname

Back to:

[The Desk Drawer] [Exercise Menu] [Exercises By Type] [Exercises By Number] [Archived Exercises 1-50] [Archived Exercises 51-100] [Archived Exercises 101-150] [Archived Exercises 151-200] [Archived Exercises 201-250] [Archived Exercises 251-300] [Archived Exercises 301-350] [FAQ] [Site Map] [Members' Links] [Members' Desks] [Contact Us] [About Us] [Privacy Policy] [Writer's Links] [We Support] [Donations]