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With vivid, descriptive prose that appeals to the five senses, dramatize a scene of 1,000-1,250 words (4-5 double-spaced pages). By dramatize, I donâ€™t mean create life or death situations. I mean simply that the scene should be set in time and place, with characters and actions. This is an exercise in whatâ€™s commonly (sometimes constantly) referred to as â€œshow, donâ€™t tell,â€ though thatâ€™s not a wholly accurate phrase; good storytelling is always a combination of showing and telling. But for our purposes in a beginning fiction class, with this first exercise, itâ€™s important to learn dramatization by setting your stories in the physical world so that the reader can experience through imagination the characters and events of the story. Tell me a character is sad, I understand. But â€œsadâ€ is an abstraction, subjectively interpreted by the storyteller. The only way I can really understand any specific â€œsadâ€ is by seeing it expressed physically. Then Iâ€™ll feel sad too, which is a form of experience, which is why we read fiction. Consider a play: How does the audience know if a character is sad. The actor has to express it through his actions (shuffling walk) and dialogue (â€œGo ahead, I donâ€™t feel like it.â€), the designer through setting (unmade bed, half-dark room), the costume designer through dress (thin jacket, untied shoelaces). If a character on stage touches something hot, how can the audience know unless he reacts physically. Thatâ€™s the essence of dramatization: telling a story (or writing a scene) through concrete details that put us by means of our imaginations directly into the skin of the character(s). This must be done in the physical world. â€œSadâ€ is just an idea. A fatherâ€™s little daughter with her arm in a cast is real. So itâ€™s critical to include sensual details that engage the readerâ€™s imagination. Make the scene felt, not just understood.