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IWW Practice-W Exercise Archives
Exercise: Torn (Version 4)

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: Florence Cardinal
Posted on: Sun, 18 Nov 2001
Reposted on: Sat, 13 Nov 2004
Reposted on: Sun, 23 Oct 2005
Revised and posted on: 28 Jan 2007
Revised and posted on: 31 May 2009
Revised and posted on: 21 Feb 2016

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Exercise: In fewer than 400 words, create a character tying to choose between two mutually exclusive goals.

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In this exercise, show a person who is torn by indecision when faced with two attractive choices. For example, a college graduate must make a choice between accepting a well-paying job in a large corporation, or embarking on a six-month jaunt around the world with his best friend.

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Exercise: In fewer than 400 words, create a character tying to choose between two mutually exclusive goals.

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To critique: Note if the conflict is clear, understandable, and if the character’s actions show his or her inner struggle. Please continue to point out ways the writing in general may be improved through revision or editing. Don't forget to add your email address in the critique.


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