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Exercise: Memorial (Version 2)
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Prepared by: Gery Mitchell
Posted on: July 19, 2003
Reposted on: August 29, 2004
Reposted, revised, on August 27, 2006
This week's exercise:
In three hundred words or less, write a memorial to commemorate your
subject's life. The point is to share memorable life moments in such a
the reader gets a sense of this character from the events you share.
Have you ever read a memorial so moving you found yourself
reacting even though you'd never met the person? A memorial is written
someone's life. Although it's often written in honor of a sad occasion,
it need not be
sad. A memorial includes details of a life that can be humorous,
inspirational or even
negative, as in the case of someone who led an infamous life.
For this exercise you can memorialize a person you know, a character
from a book, an historical figure or a character you create. Include
your character's life that you feel will best represent the kind of
person he or she
was. (You may choose to commemorate the life of an animal, instead.)
Exercise: In three hundred words or less, write a memorial
to commemorate your subject's life. The point is to share memorable
life moments in such a
way that the reader gets a sense of this character from the events you
Focus on how well you received a sense of the memorial's subject.
Tell the writer what passages, sentences etc helped you in feeling,
sensing the subject's life and character.
In the same vein, if you were unable to visualize the subject's life
and character make suggestions as to how this could be achieved.
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