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IWW Practice-W Exercise Archives
Exercise: You Shouldn't Have!

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: Katherine Highcove
Posted on: 12 March 2017

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Exercise: In fewer than 400 words, write a scene in which someone receives
an unexpected gift, something that catches them off guard. How is it
delivered? UPS truck? Secret courier? Is it presented at a special
occasion? Describe the gift. Who is it from? Show the reaction when
itís opened. What range of emotions does the recipient demonstrate?
What is the reaction of others who are present?

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Have you ever been caught off guard by an unexpected gift? What was
the occasion? Were you in the center of a large group, with family and
friends, or alone with a very special person? Or did you find a
surprise package waiting at your front door?

Using your own experiences and your creative imagination, show us a
person caught off guard by an unusual or surprising gift.

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Exercise: In fewer than 400 words, write a scene in which someone receives
an unexpected gift, something that catches them off guard. How is it
delivered? UPS truck? Secret courier? Is it presented at a special
occasion? Describe the gift. Who is it from? Show the reaction when
itís opened. What range of emotions does the recipient demonstrate?
What is the reaction of others who are present?

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Critique: How did you visualize the main characterís reactions to the
gift? Did you smile, laugh or wince, as you read the scene? Were you
interested, entertained, or were you baffled by the action and/or
reaction? Show the writer what did or didnít work for you in the
story.


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