Surprise. Write a short scene about a character you’ve become familiar with over time—either your own fictional creation or a character based on someone you know.  Start the scene by letting the character do what you expect this character to do.  But at some point in the sequence of events, allow the character to do something completely out of character.  Let the character surprise you.  This exercise demands that you consider what is expected and unexpected in a character.  You may want to make a list, behind the writing of this scene, of the kinds of things this character usually does; and another list of the sorts of things this character would never do.

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