Writing Exercise

Choose a minor character from a well known novel, story, or play, who intrigues you. Then, write a story from the point of view of that character, showing new dimensions to a seemingly flat, provisional character. For example, Tom Stoppard wrote the play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead based on minor characters from Hamlet. Salman Rushdie also wrote from the perspective of a minor character from Hamlet: Yorick, the skull. John Gardner wrote an entire novel from the perspective of Grendel, the monster from the epic Saxon poem, Beowulf.

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