Level Two

1. By now you should have done several of the exercises recommended earlier in this chapter (listening to everyday conversations, analyzing poems for voice in magazines and books, keeping lists of words, etc.). If not, do them now.

2. Choose three ideas from your "Idea File" that feature weak or vague settings. For instance, in your updated list of highs, lows and turning points, you might have described "coming to terms with childhood" (high), "feeling like a failure" (low) or "deciding to become more independent" (turning point). Enhance each idea by conceiving a specific setting, apply the four-step process (page 114) and do first drafts.

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