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7.2: Nonfiction Exercises

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    exercise 1: jekyll and hyde.\(^{81}\)

    Describe yourself twice. Once as the hero and once as the antagonist.

     

    exercise 2: sweater.\(^{82}\)

    Describe your favorite item of clothing. Is it a favorite because of how it feels, how it looks, or because of an event you wore it to? What do you think the item of clothing shows about you?

     

    exercise 3: blue.\(^{83}\)

    You are talking to a blind man who asks you to describe the color of the sky. Write down what you would tell this man without once using the word "blue" in your explanation.

     

    exercise 4: translate your memories.\(^{84}\)

    Study an old photo of yourself or your family from your childhood. It's probably easy to remember the who, the where, the what. But for this exercise we want to go deeper. Close your eyes and remember the details of the event. How did you feel when anticipating the event? How did you feel if it was a surprise? How did you feel if it didn't turn out as you anticipate? How did others at the event treat you? How did you react to them? Now, translate those FEELINGS into an event, place, child that would take place today.

     

    exercise 5: the food critic.\(^{85}\)

    Write a review of a restaurant at which you recently ate. Describe the food as much as you can. Feel free to be eviscerating as well.

     

    exercise 6: your name.

    Why do you have the first name you have? What is the story behind it? What is the history behind your last name? (You might have to interview family for this.)


    \(^{81}\)https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-exer...kyll-and-hyde/

    \(^{82}\)https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-exer...block/sweater/

    \(^{83}\)https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-exer...-s-block/blue/

    \(^{84}\)https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-exer...your-memories/

    \(^{85}\)https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-exer...e-food-critic/

     

    Sometimes the words come out of my fingers better than they come out of my mouth.


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