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IWW Practice-W Exercise Archives
Exercise: Gut Feeling

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 (http://www.internetwritingworkshop.org/).

Prepared by: Loretta Russell and Ruth Douillette
Posted on: Sunday, December 9, 2007
Reposted on:  Sunday, September 7, 2008
Reposted on: Sunday, December 13, 2009
Reposted on: Sunday, May 15, 2011
Reposted on: Sunday, August, 26, 2012
Reposted on: Sunday, June 1, 2014
Reposted on: Sunday, December 6, 2015

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In less than 400 words, write a scene in which a character has a flash of intuition. Show the character's response to the feeling, and what the outcome is.

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The dictionary definition of intuition is "quick and ready insight, the act or process of coming to direct knowledge without reasoning or inferring." It is derived from the Latin word "intueri" which means "to see within." Intuition is a way of knowing or sensing the truth without benefit of logical explanation.

Most likely you've experienced the sense that something will happen, or you may have had a prickle of warning about a person, although there is no logical reason for you to feel this way. Call it a gut feeling or a hunch--you may have paid it no mind, or completely changed your plans based on the feeling.

Here are some examples to prime your pen:

You passed on a blind date, and later discovered the guy was a killer.

You pulled into a rest stop, but something didn't feel right, so you drove off just as Highway Patrol vehicles pulled in.

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In less than 400 words, write a scene in which a character has a flash of intuition. Show the character's response to the feeling, and what the outcome is.

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Critique by noting how valid the character's response is to the intuitive feeling. Did the writer *show* us how the character reacted rather than *tell* us what the character did?


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