Prepared by: Florence Cardinal
Posted on: February 7, 2002
This week's exercise falls into the
"Remembering" category, where we use our own memories to help us
learn how to describe various emotions or events.
"My Most Embarrassing Moment." I'm sure
most of you have seen this
in magazines from time to time. For this week's exercise, we want you
tell us about your most embarrassing moment (or if you prefer, a less
embarrassing moment - but the more significant the event, the more we
learn about this emotion.).
But we want more than just a description
of the incident. We want to
how it made you feel. Did you go hot? Did you go cold? And please don't
us your face was red. No doubt it was, but then, you can't see your own
face, can you? So - how did you know your face was red? How did it
And what about your emotional state? Did
you want to laugh? Cry?
made you angry at the time. Show us how you felt. How do you feel about
now? Something might strike us as funny after time has passed - or it
For this exercise, in 300 words or less,
tell us about your most
embarrassing moment, including physical and emotional reactions.
Florence Cardinal's wrap-up
Posted on: February 17, 2002
This was an interesting exercise, but not
nearly as many submissions
usual. Perhaps some of you have never had an embarrassing moment, or
easily embarrassed. Or maybe you are too shy to tell us about these
painful and intimate events.
However, what were submitted were, on the
whole, well done, and
only the incident, but how it affected you, physically and emotionally.
Little events like this are great to use in your writing, whether that
writing consists of fiction or nonfiction. They can also be developed
Thanks to everyone who submitted or
critiqued. I've enjoyed reading
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