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IWW Practice-W Exercise Archives
Exercise: Involving the Senses (v. 5)

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.internetwritingwor kshop.org/).

Prepared by: Rhéal Nadeau
Posted on January 5, 2003
Reposted on February 8, 2004
Reposted on January 9, 2005
Reposted on February 12, 2006
Reposted on November 23, 2008
Revised and Reposted on January 15, 2017

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Exercise: In 400 words or less, describe the reactions of a
character who enters an unfamiliar location. He/she should
use all five senses to show the reader how the new
environment is perceived.

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Does the character feel welcome or uncomfortable? Pleased or
dismayed by the new surroundings? Relaxed or worried? Use
thoughts or dialogue to show how he/she reacts to the
unfamiliar situation.

Don't try to write a complete story; a single scene will be
sufficient to fulfill this assignment.

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Exercise: In 400 words or less, describe the reactions of a
character who enters an unfamiliar location. He/she should
use all five senses to show the reader how the new
environment is perceived.

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In your critique, decide how effectively the writer revealed
the character's response to the surroundings. Did you get a
clear mental image of the location? Did you identify with
the character's reaction? Why or why not?


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