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IWW Practice-W Exercise Archives
Exercise: A Duo's Dynamics

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 Kathy Highcove
Posted on: 4 June 2017

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Exercise: In 400 words or less, create a scene in which two people find
themselves in a predicament that calls for immediate action. They
must work closely together, and coordinate their efforts to deal with
the situation. But there’s a complication: They don’t know each
other; they’re neither kith nor kin. They were both simply in the
wrong place at the wrong time.

Your characters’ interactions and reaction should show us how – or if
– they’re able to achieve a satisfactory outcome to their problem.

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Have you ever been caught up in an emergency situation, and called
upon to offer assistance? How did it feel to go from being a bystander
to an active participant? Using your personal experiences, and
imagination, show your readers how two strangers might be drawn into
an emergency and forced to handle the situation. Do they succeed?

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Exercise: In 400 words or less, create a scene in which two people find
themselves in a predicament that calls for immediate action. They
must work closely together, and coordinate their efforts to deal with
the situation. But there’s a complication: They don’t know each
other; they’re neither kith nor kin. They were both simply in the
wrong place at the wrong time.

Your characters’ interactions and reaction should show us how – or if
– they’re able to achieve a satisfactory outcome to their problem.

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Critique: Were you able to picture the two characters, their
challenge, and their interaction in this scene? Were you convinced
that they found a credible solution for the problem? Why or why not?
Do you have suggestions for the writer?


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