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Exercise: Free-for-all

These exercises were written by IWW members and administrators to provide structured practice opportunities for its members. You are welcome to use them for practice as well. Please mention that you found them at the Internet Writers Workshop (http://www.internetwritingwor kshop.org/).

Prepared by: Rhéal Nadeau
Posted on: October 18, 2003
Reposted on: December 21, 2003
Reposted on: February 1, 2004
Reposted on: March 14, 2004
Reposted on: April 18, 2004
Reposted on: March 20, 2005

It's time to open up the list to the exercise of your choice again!

This week, you choose what exercise you want to do. You can redo an exercise you've done previously, do one you've missed, or create your own - a chance to work on some aspect of writing you'd like to improve. (You can see all the previous exercises at http://www.internetwritingworkshop.org/pwarchive/index.shtml )

Since the free-for-all allows us to create our own exercises or to modify an existing one, people often allow themselves a larger word count than what the original exercise required. This is perfectly legitimate. However, for people having problems sticking to the proposed word count, I would suggest trying even harder than usual to do so, to use fewer words than you usually do. (Conversely, anyone not having problems keeping under the word count might do the opposite, and use that limit as a minimum rather than as a maximum. In other words, if you tend to be voluble, try being terse, and vice versa.)

The choice is yours - but remember, the idea is still to do a focused exercise, targeting some specific aspect of writing. So you must let us know what exercise you're trying to do - by pointing to an existing exercise in the archives, or by describing the exercise you came up with on your own. If using an existing exercise, but with some change (in word count, for example), let us know what the change is.

When critiquing, pay attention to how well the submission meets the goals of the stated exercise.

I look forward to seeing the submissions this week.

Have fun!

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