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Writing Your First Play, 2nd Edition by Roger Hall

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Writing from a Source

Exercise 7.1 Writing From A Source

Write a scene using an item from a newspaper or a magazine as the springboard. Use as many characters and as much dialogue as you need. Minimum length: 5–6 pages. For comparison purposes, keep a copy of the news item.

In this chapter your assignment is to write a scene using an item from a newspaper or magazine as a starting place. An historical incident would also work. It may seem that we’re heading in the wrong direction. After all, in Chapter 6 you learned that everything you write must come from your own experience, from your own thoughts and feelings.

That’s still true. But there are different ways to get at your thoughts and feelings, and the purpose ...

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