Research Writing Exercises are writing explorations that help you to discover the truth about your characters, story, structure, themes and plot. Often times when we don't know what happens next in our story, or why our character does something, or how two character feel about each other or what the whole point of a script or manuscript is, it is because we just haven't learned enough about the character/s, the world, the themes etc.
Let's say you have a roommate. A roommate who refuses to wash her own damn dishes. You could continue to leave passive aggressive notes, or your could ask about her past. Perhaps you will discover that her mother you used to punish her by making her do the dishes while being lectured. This might mean she becomes overwhelmed the feeling of shame and disappointment. Now you understand, and if you wanted to help her, you now have a better path for doing so.
So each week a new Research Writing Exercise will be posted so you always have a place to go to get the assignment you need to move your work forward.
WHEN YOU WRITE
Don't THINK too hard and try to DECIDE what happened. Simple connect to your character and let them take over you pen, let them the truth.
OH, AND SET A TIMER
Set a time for 10 - 30 minutes each time. The timer will give you permission to get fully submerged in your writing without worrying about whether or not you need to go to work/play/school/date.
Write the scene when your character first discovered the pain of a broken friendship. Who was the friend, how unique was their friendship and what broke them apart?
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