I’m currently reading a lot of books to help me write better stuff (in screenplays and otherwise). Some of the exercises lead to – well, unexpected outcomes. This is an example I want to share. The exercise is from the wonderful book “Now Write! Screenwriting”. In it, writer Alexander Woo quotes an exercise from playwright Mac Wellman: “create the worst piece of crap imaginable. (…) the scene has to include a rat sandwich, a character with an emerald-green hoof, and twenty-three occurences – no more, no less – of a seven-syllable word” Challenge accepted! I came up with the following story (?) based on some actual experiences at research conferences (minus the ending). My seven-syllable word is “interdisciplinary”. Comments welcome!