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Week Six

Part two

The Event

"What is an event?  Something that happened,  either something that really has happened, or something we imagined has happened.   The sinking of the Titanic was an event.  But for this exercise we don't need such a dramatic event.  The night Grandfather stepped on the cat's tail will do just as well.

For an example of  the event, click here:   EVENT

Now try the following prompts, each to be done individually.  Do not combine!   You may, however, revisit material you used in earlier exercises.

A place where you experienced fear.

A place where you experienced sorrow.

A place where  you experienced anger.

A place where you experienced joy.

How to do it.  Choose all of the above.  Visit all the places.  Ask yourself a few key  questions.  Is this a place where I experienced fear only once?  Is it a place where I experienced fear continually?  Is it a place where I experienced anger only once?  Is it a place where I experienced anger continually.  Ask yourself to "see" objects from each of the places, to see colors, to hear sounds, to smell odors, to touch textures.  Try to recall objects, colors, sounds, odors, textures, and other  physical images you have not thought about recently.  Ask yourself, Have I ever dreamed about this place, before or after the experience?

Now chose an event connected with one of your places.  Now choose an opening point of view--scene or summary.  Take a deep breath, and begin to write.  Write in the first person.  If you point of view wants to change from scene too summary or back, let it do that.  Write until  you feel you have said all that can be said for the moment.

That's it.  The Event.   If the results are less than three pages, you may have rushed things.  Take a look at what you have done and ask yourself, Have I left anything out?  If you have written more than ten pages with no end in sight, you may have chosen too large of an event, or you may simply be clogging up with detail.  Ask yourself which.  In either event, if you like the results, don't mess with them.  But be sure to apply what you have learned to the  next event.

This concludes the six week sequence, but there are some final remarks coming on the  next page.

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