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"In the Closet: Questions & Demands"

Exercise #12: "In the Closet: Questions & Demands"
Questions and commands add texture to the sound of your writing. The former ends in a rise; the latter can be thrusting or jabbing. Have your character go into his or her walk-in closet and fall into a dither about what to wear to a work interview. Write the scene as internal monologue using both questions and commands.

As I walk into my closet, I can't help but feel the overwhelming cliche engulf me: I have an entire closet of clothes but nothing to wear. Ok. This is a secretarial position at a law firm, so I need to look chic but also clean-cut. A skirt, maybe? Or pants? I have no idea. I shouldn't even be going to this interview; I'm completely unqualified, and I have absolutely no experience. So why am I trying? I'm crazy. That's why. Oh, and I'm also desperate. It's been 3 months since my last job, and my savings fund is steadily disappearing.

Focus. Clothes. What should I wear?? I'm thinking that the brown, thinly striped pencil skirt would be a good idea. It's not too short, but I don't look like an old lady in it, either. Tights or no tights? Well, I shaved this morning, so there aren't any prickly bits to cover on my legs, so... no tights. I'm thinking that one of my plain white, button-down blouse would counteract the striped pattern on the skirt. Oh! And those Target heels I got the other day would look really good with that! I knew there was a reason I bought those, and it wasn't just because I'm a shoe whore. Now I feel justified in spending $20 on a seemingly unneeded pair of shoes. Take that, buyer's remorse!

End. Wahoo.

In other news, the musical-movie Nine is coming to movie theaters in November of this year. The musical, which opened on Broadway in 1982 and ran for 729 performances, won 5 Tony Awards, one of which was Best Musical. It was written by Aurther Kopit (book) and Maury Yeston (music & lyrics) and is based on 8 1/2, Franco Fellini's autobiographical film. I also think there was a play in there somewhere, too, but don't take my word for it.

I won't tell you what happens, but the general premise is that a famous italian film director, whose name is Guido Contini turns 40, is facing the fact that his life kind of sucks. His wife is on the verge of leaving him because he's not really present in their marriage due to work, and he's working on a film over which he has no control, at least as far as the script goes. He tries to save his marriage, but Guido is... a tad nutso.

Either way, that's the extreme bare bones of the plot. Well, the beginning at least. To get a look at the trailer, click the link below.

One of my favorite songs, "Unusual Way," is definitely one to take a listen to. It's a haunting melody, but it's also beautiful. Just search on youtube, and you'll find several videos. The original Broadway recording is the best, of course, but I always get a good laugh out of the folks that post videos of themselves singing along to a karaoke track or, even better, along with the cd. Oi.

In the end, Nine is a great musical, and I'm excited to see it stretched, larger than life, on the silver screen. I only hope that Rob Marshall does it justice.

Peace and see you tomorrow!


sheyla said…
Hi, I don't think I would be able to do these exercises, since I wouldn't have any inspiration to write on a subject I don't really want or feel like. So, well done :)

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