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Exercise Wednesday: New Beginnings

January 9, 2013

It’s time to think about how we want things to be different, right? So why not give one of your characters a chance to make a new beginning? Here’s a way to get you started…

Write about a situation in which a character wants to turn over a new leaf. It certainly doesn’t have to be for the New Year–but it DOES have to include a concrete goal to represent that new leaf. For instance, losing ten pounds, getting a nasty co-worker fired, or digging a hole to the Western Antilles. Make it as outrageous as you like, just be sure it’s concrete.

Then, and here’s the mean part, put at least three obstacles (concrete, moral, or any other sort) in her way as she attempts to accomplish her goal.

Happy New Year.
Have fun! And I’ll see you in October!
Jamie Morris,
Director of Woodstream Writers

Jamie Morris is a book-coach and writing workshop leader who brings community-oriented leadership, cooperative learning techniques—and what some call a literary “sixth sense”—to her work with writers. Central Florida’s first AWA (Amherst Writers & Artists) workshop leader, Jamie, a CRLA (College Reading and Learning Association) Master Writing Consultant, FWA member, and graduate of the Rollins College Writing Program, works with fiction and non-fiction writers around the country. Her focus is on “helping writers become authors.” Website:

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