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IWW Practice-W Exercise Archives
Exercise: It's Magic

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 July 31, 2011
Reposted on January 20, 2013
Reposted on January 11, 2015
Reposted on July 9, 2017

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Exercise: In 400 words or less, describe someone, an ordinary person of any culture, era, age or station, discovering that he/she has some magical power. Your protagonist could be a head of state, a homeless person, a child, a grandmother, a crook -- the possibilities are endless.

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Does your protagonist even believe in magic? Does it clash with firmly-held religious ideas? Does his/her new power scare or delight? Why? Will he/she use this power for personal gain or for the common good? Is the extent of this power known? Could it be used to bring about World Peace, find a cure for cancer, end hunger on this planet or to pass the bar exam without studying?

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Exercise: In 400 words or less, describe someone, an ordinary person of any culture, era, age or station, discovering that he/she has some magical power. Your protagonist could be a head of state, a homeless person, a child, a grandmother, a crook -- the possibilities are endless.

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In your critique look at whether the author presents a situation that seems possible or one that definitely in the realm of fairytale. Tell us whether or not the character is changed by this new power. If not changed, why? If changed, how and why? You might observe the order in which things happen in the plot and comment on how that affects the story.


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