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IWW Practice-W Exercise Archives
Exercise: Jumping to conclusions

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: Bob Sanchez
Posted on: Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009
Reposted on: Sunday, May 8, 2011
Reposted on: Sunday, May 13, 2012
Reposted on: Sunday, Feb 14, 2016
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Exercise: Write a scene of 400 words or less in which a character jumps to a conclusion after overhearing a conversation.

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Take an overheard snippet of conversation and build a short scene from it. First, in no more than a line or
two, tell us what your character has overheard. Then continue with the character's take on the
situation--he or she may imagine the worst, the best, or just something worthy of an  eavesdropper.

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Exercise: Write a scene of 400 words or less in which a character jumps to a conclusion after overhearing a conversation.

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In your critique, discuss whether the suppositions and actions are plausible. Would you want to read more?


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