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IWW Practice-W Exercise Archives
Exercise: "The Allowance"

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: Alice Folkart
Posted on: December 12, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2012
Posted on: May 25, 2014
Posted on: May 29, 2016
Posted on: June 11, 2017

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Exercise: In 400 words or less write a piece that centers on an
allowance.

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When we think of 'allowance,' we immediately think of money given to a
child on a regular basis. Sometimes the child is required to meet
certain requirements to get this allowance. What might they be? Are
they reasonable? Is the allowance enough in relation to the child's
needs? Is it princely or miserly? Then, there are other kinds of
allowances--businessmen get travel allowances from their companies (do
they cheat? are the allowances so skimpy that the businessman has to
sleep in his rental car?), wives (and sometimes husbands) get
housekeeping allowances from their spouses, mistresses get upkeep and
spending money from their lovers, elected officials get allowances for
all sorts of things. What do the recipients of allowances do with the
money?

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Exercise: In 400 words or less write a piece that centers on an
allowance.

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Critique the author's imaginative use of the idea of an "allowance."
Does he/she use it to create a compelling character or to throw light
upon an interesting situation? What do you like about the story? What
might make it better. Would you read on if the author were to continue
this narrative?


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