Four college students have been put in a group to compile a report. One student loves to research first, another likes to organize people and delegate tasks, one is a lazy slacker and one just agrees with everyone else to avoid conflict.
Write their argument about how to complete the project.
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Describe this in 500 words, using third person POV (he/she). Why: Rewriting third person scenes (especially emotional ones) in first person helps you find your character’s voice.
You’re telling the reader what your character thinks your character, not an observer.
Rewrite the exchange without any dialogue tags, describing each character’s body language (e.g.
crossing arms, pacing back and forth, sitting down, standing up) between their spoken lines instead. “You said the same thing yesterday.” She crosses her arms, leaning back.)Why: Dialogue tags can be distracting and repetitive.
In 500 words or less, write the scene and rewrite it twice, once from each character’s perspective: The late arriver, the ex and the host.
Why: Sometimes a story scene can be effective written from a secondary character’s point of view.