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IWW Practice-W Exercise Archives

Exercise: Love Potion #9


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: Bob Sanchez
Posted on: Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009
Reposted on: Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013
Reposted on: Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017

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Exercise: Write a scene of 400 words or less in which you show the effects of a love potion.

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Imagine that you are in love. The object of your affections may or may not already love you, but you do not know and cannot bring yourself to ask. You manage to arrange a date, and you answer an Internet ad for a love potion that "guarantees" love from the object of your affections. Your date consumes the potion.

You may vary the circumstances (it need not be a date), and you need not tell us what's in the potion (but do use it).

Show us the effect of the potion. Does it yield the intended result?

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Exercise: Write a scene of 400 words or less in which you show the effects of a love potion.

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In your critique tell the author whether or not the work fits the exercise and why--let the author know what worked or didn't, and why.

Does the piece show something about the characters' personalities and the interaction between them?


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