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crAZRick
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Questions about the Visual Storytelling Exercise

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why is every character rushing and late in everyone's response to this exercise?

why does no character seem to wash their laundry?

I didn't read or review the exercises of others until after I wrote and posted my own, everyone seems to have followed a similar theme and staging of events...

did I do something else wrong? miss something else? step into the Twilight Zone?

weirdness... any comments, theories, suggestions, follow-up?

Message Edited by crAZRick on 03-11-200711:19 PM

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Re: Questions about the Visual Storytelling Exercise


crAZRick wrote:
why is every character rushing and late in everyone's response to this exercise?

why does no character seem to wash their laundry?

I didn't read or review the exercises of others until after I wrote and posted my own, everyone seems to have followed a similar theme and staging of events...

did I do something else wrong? miss something else? step into the Twilight Zone?

weirdness... any comments, theories, suggestions, follow-up?

Message Edited by crAZRick on 03-11-200711:19 PM




The assignment itself was worded in such a way as to not-so-subliminally set the scene. To wit:

"[W]rite a description that shows us this character preparing for the date. [...] For example, you can describe the character in the shower, then jump to the character getting dressed."


So what does almost everybody write about? Showering and/or getting dressed. Had fewer details been provided, you may have seen more diversity in the responses. Or maybe not. I haven't been on a first date in over 20 years, but I seem to recall that pre-date showering and natty attire were part of the program.
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Re: Questions about the Visual Storytelling Exercise

yep, I got the none-too-subtle hints about what to include as far as showering and dressing and such, just thought I missed a line of instruction referring to the frantic pace the scene must be set in.

60% of the submissions so far are set at a frantic pace, the subject of the scene is racing against the clock, can't seem to find clean or proper attire, chickens-with-heads-cut-off sorts.

maybe the specific instructions about 'someone the character is highly attracted to' lends to this sort of nervous energy and frenetic pacing?

I've been on a few first dates in my time, and was what I would consider highly attracted to each of them at the time. Sometimes nervous, other times perhaps a bit late or ill-prepared, sure.

just thought it strange to see such little variation.

not that they haven't been perfect gems to read and enjoy, each and all of them, written so well, capture that energy and display such disarray quite nicely.

just thought I missed a missive when I was crafting my own, that's all
I no longer regret that I have no quote, quip or anecdote to share with my countrymen... how about all y'all?
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