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Directing, 3rd Edition by Michael Rabiger

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CHAPTER 11

SCENE-WRITING EXERCISES

 

One challenge the professional writer faces is climbing into situations and characters to which he or she may not immediately relate. This takes effort and research, but the truly imaginative writer should be able to discover something gripping and vital in almost any character and circumstance.

The game in this chapter was inspired by the random access methods of the I Ching. To generate a short scene-writing exercise you can either simply pick the ingredients you want or, more interestingly, create them haphazardly by a lottery method. This will challenge you to develop ideas flexibly and spontaneously and to venture beyond autobiography.

A class or workshop facing writing problems together will quickly ...

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