The Scene Unseen

30 March 2014

We know our narrators pretty well by now. What they want, what their motivations are. What they want out of their life, their fridge or their fruit bowl. But it takes two to tango, as they say. Ask two people to describe something and you’ll get three different accounts: his, theirs and the truth.

This assignment offers a choice. An either/or situation. Choose either Option A or Option B.

  • Write a scene that has already happened and we’ve already seen, but this time from the other character’s point of view (i.e. Ryan or Cal).


  • Write a scene that we haven’t seen, but from the other character’s point of view (i.e. Ryan or Cal). In this instance it can be a scene that fits between the others that have already been written – perhaps a follow-on after somebody leaves, or a brand new scene altogether.

Whichever option is chosen, the resulting scene doesn’t have to make it into the final cut of the completed story (but should remain in the current draft for the time being). This is an opportunity to develop the voice of the other main character, letting us into their head for a while. It doesn’t have to be a difficult, edgy or overly dramatic, but the character should have a unique voice.

As always, there’s no maximum page limit, but a definite minimum of five pages for this + at least five pages of story to the main narrative as well!


2 weeks allowed. By the end of this assignment, we should have at least 33 pages of story.

(Set by Dominic Murray)


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