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Exercise #858

Exercise #858: Craft
Posted  7/3/20

Today's exercise comes to us from Shirley, who shared this site with me:

The motives of your characters are important in driving the story forward, but sometimes the story itself doesn’t lend itself to a deep dive into them. It requires word choice and action to deliver motive to the reader. Often, our own in-depth review of motives can help with this.

For today’s exercise, draft a short scene of conflict, using the protagonist as the point of view. Then re-draft it from the antagonist’s point of view. For your SUB, write it out a third time from any POV. (If you’re feeling bold, try writing a first draft your SUB first, then one POV, the other POV and a final version of your first draft to submit.)

Did the rewriting from different viewpoints help? You may choose to add an editorial comment afterward, detailing your thoughts or what you learned by doing this exercise.

Critiquers, along with a technical critique, you might also answer the following questions:
     * Did this help you as a writer?
     * Why or why not?

Word limit: 1000 for the scene, 250 for any commentary
Please use the subject line
       SUB: Exercise #858/yourname

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