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IWW Practice-W Exercise Archives
Exercise: When I was a ____

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: Sun, December 22, 2013
Reposted on: Sun, 8 March 2015
Reposted on: Sun, 2 October 2016

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Give us 400 words or less starting with, “When I was a _________.” You can
choose your own former self or use one of these: witch, headhunter,
nun/priest, used-car salesman, policeman, royal personage, an otter, a
beggar, holy man, holy woman, saint, seer, the fat lady or the lion tamer
in the circus, girl scout, revolutionary, etc.

____________

Have fun with this, realize your dreams or play with the ‘what-if’s’ of
life. Allow your imagination free rein. This could be a character study or
a ‘period’ vignette. Choose your persona, give him or her a goal or a
problem, and write away.

____________

Give us 400 words or less starting with, “When I was a _________.” You can
choose your own former self or use one of these: witch, headhunter,
nun/priest, used-car salesman, policeman, royal personage, an otter, a
beggar, holy man, holy woman, saint, seer, the fat lady or the lion tamer
in the circus, girl scout, revolutionary, etc.

____________

In your critique, decide if you clearly visualized the alternate persona's
physical appearance and got the gist of his/her character strengths and
weaknesses. Did you find his/her reactions to a stressful situation or a
plot complication to be realistic and well matched to the time and place?
Give examples that support your POV. Would you read on? Why or Why not?


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