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Change descriptive writing to feeling and sensation in an existing work (yours), three to ten pages.

Describe external action as a result or venting of inner emotional states.

Notes & Hints:

Feel free to reduce the explicit actions to general statements. A complete description of someone entering a room, tearing down birthday decorations, stealing the gifts, and writing on the wall, might be reduced to short statements like “he trashed the room” and “stole everything” interleaved between longer passages about the inner life of the character, the surging emotions. The trick: use Free Indirect Style.

Variations:

Invert it: Remove all explicit references to feeling and sensation, and describe behavior and events only, in such a way that the feelings and motivations emerge in the action.
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