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Exercise Wednesday: I didn’t know

May 28, 2014

Watch this scene from the movie 42.

In context, Pee Wee Reese was one of the players who stood by Jackie Robinson. Legend has it, he refused to sign the petition by Dodger players saying he wouldn’t take the field with Robinson.

There was no way for him to know about the hate mail Jackie Robinson got without being told about it. But in light of seeing new information, his understanding was forever changed. And, in the movie, Reese made a point of standing next to Robinson in the game at Cincinnati to help silence the abuse.

Maybe the event occurred; maybe it didn’t.

Either way, today’s exercise is to write a scene in which a character’s entire viewpoint is changed by something he or she didn’t know, something that was being kept from them. Not as a lie with selfish motives, like finding out a spouse is cheating. The scene should be more about finding out something there was no way to know–like that co-worker who was always strong, but has started to slip is fighting cancer. Or that the husband of a friend was actually abusive to her.

Time limit: 30 minutes


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