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Exercise Wednesday: Cheating

December 3, 2014

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Especially if the grass looks really good in a pair of skin-tight leggings or makes your knees weak when he takes of his shirt or has eyes you could drown in or understands you the way the person you’re with never could.

The decision to cheat, I’d like to think, is rarely simple or frivolous. Unless you’re a complete cretin without a soul, it’s the result of a long, downward spiral that results in a relationship that’s a husk of its former self. It’s a decision that says no matter how much pain this moment in time causes, it’s worth the moment.

For most people, cheating is (I hope) something that costs them, too.

Or not, depending on your character.

Today, your character is going to cheat. Maybe it’s the whole package–boot-knocking sex. Maybe the sex is awesome. Maybe it’s a massive disappointment–another failure in a long string of misguided decisions. Maybe the sex is an emancipation. Or maybe it’s a reminder how trapped your character really is.

Or maybe there is no sex. Maybe it’s a kiss or an emotional indiscretion. Maybe today your character lusts very heavily after someone he knows and starts down the road–drops the first hint. Maybe she decides to walk away. Maybe he gets right to the brink and can’t go through with it. Maybe her ferocity isn’t directed at the one she shares the bed with; maybe she’s sprinting from the person she should be sharing the bed with.

But today’s exercise is to capture the emotions of the event more than that actual logistics of the experience itself.

How does it feel for your character to cheat? To have cheated? How do they feel when they stand naked in front of the mirror?

Time limit: 30 minutes


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