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Meetup 83: Expanse, Part 3

From the end comes the beginning. From death comes life.
We have traveled with our protagonists over their glorious world’s. Traversing through time as a physical dimension, looping it as we wished, we created dotted lines which made for incredible ideas, everyone of it better than the other. We’ve seen the story unfold, in the most wonderful manner. Now, it’s time we ( Not the characters but the writers ) face the repercussions of meddling with the storylines. We are accountable. Not only towards the worlds we drew, but also the characters we chose. There are questions we need to answer.

Learn more on the meetup here: WC Meetup 83

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As we come to the end of Expanse, there is a lot that we learnt, a lot that we took back and a lot that we pride upon. This series has brought about the novelist in us to rise, shine and see our potential. And with that, we end the wonderful series that brought about the best of WC together! 🙂

 

See you next weekend at yet another wonderful session!

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Meetup 082: Expanse Part 2

The story continues…

At WC, this is perhaps the rarest statement to ever have been used. The story that we’ve written in the last session, continues to grow seeking greater heights. Last week, in Episode One of Expanse event, we created worlds basing on some really challenging pursuits. We had worlds which were created by Goddesses, which were frequented by time travellers, escaped by shady convicts, defined by mysteries of unnatural happenings, and so. Our minds went on to create gripping characters and premises, pulling us into storylines which were haunting and beautiful at the same time.

Now with Episode Two, we made these stories into legendary tales. We have our world, now we lived in them. 

1. It is easier to create the world outside. But what happens when you start to build the world in the widest of arena(s). Your mind. How different or similar would it be to the one you inhabit.
2. Loss and grief can change everything in a man. Push anyone to his moral limit and he is bound to make a grave mistake. A mistake which will need a sacrifice.
3. In the darkest corners of your mind, lay the most terrible secrets. Are you ready to reveal them in the world you’ve created?
4. A tale which will free you and make you wonder why you were bound in the first place. But then, can you see everything. Even that what you aren’t supposed to.

Learn more on the session here: WC Meetup 082

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There we go at the penultimate session for our extremely scintillating attempts of creating a novel all by ourselves! See you next weekend, creativeheads!

Meetup 81: Expanse, Part 1

Hello people,

Some of you might already know about all the wonderful things that Write Club has come up with, as part of Dramatic December. And Expanse is the sole and whole beginning for it. Just as rightly, Expanse – led by Siddharth, one of our most prolific writers has been a heavily impactful session.

We at write club have over the 18 odd months, have dabbled with a plethora of topics, thematics and techniques, which have redefined the way we think and write stories. They’ve shown us ways of telling a story, which perhaps we would’ve never known. From Fore-shadowing to science fiction, from chronology to satirical, from inanimate things to supernatural forces, we’ve arguably seen it all. We’ve reached a point of our journey where we feel the need to level up. Get the stakes higher. This is where this week’s session Expanse comes in.

This weekend, we saw diversity, direction and dimension – all in one go! Siddharth came up with a very well-planned and highly-researched excerpt for all of us writers to take and peel through our stories.

To begin with –

Expanse involved world building. Intricately, historically, and incredibly. Don’t just write about it. Live there. Explore the history, the political structure, concerning ideologies, cultures, and traditions. Basically, play God. Now, is it just about simulating a world. Nope. The worlds are here to provide you with Visual Dynamism. You still have the impending task of weaving a gripping story within this scenario.

What is Expanse?

Well, to be plain about it, it’s just world building. But that’s undermining the whole thought of it. Expanse aims to present the participants to weave stories within three different worlds and narratives. These three worlds will be diverse, individual and totally unconnected.

The mission looks simple. Even the worlds and the pursuits do.The intent of having three episodes to it is to try and inculcate the sense of expanded writing. Most of us limit our writing to one session, ending it because of the time constraints. Or just because that’s all we can think of. We are trying to break away from that. We want to prepare a grand idea, and think, live and write it over three weeks. Though till now, we’ve been writing short stories, we are super capable of writing the next best-selling novel if we put our mind to it.

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Meetup 80: Thanksgiving Special

Writing For the Children, With the Children

Transforming the vivid and extraordinary imagination of a child into a story that instructs and delights is an experience. New words are created. Sounds, smells, tastes and colours enter pages like magical creatures. The sky turns purple, carpets grow limbs and pets talk! Every minute becomes an inspiration for a tale. Every person inspires wonder and affection.

The stories of our childhood continue to put a smile on our lips, as we remember the quirky characters, their bitter-sweet experiences, their humour and their dialogues.

This Saturday, the extremely exuberant children at Grace Model School met the people who inspire the most extraordinary literature in the world. With children (and teenagers) as your collaborators and your readers, create stories and memories.

The happy faces of children inspire us to write more!

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Thank you Meghavarshini for making this possible. Also thanks guys for being there and driving the kids in a creative direction. Satish Kache, Shazia Ahmad, Arun Vasireddy, Peeyush Vedadri, Gautam Emani, Hiranmayee Saipriya and Rahul

 

Meetup 79: Randomness redefined

Last weekend, we had John Benedict host a session on random prompts. With a list of randomly generated prompts, we have had quite a challenge building up the world that was required of us.

The aim of these writing prompts is to encourage free-writing, a guiding principle at Write Club. This is writing without stopping and without censoring. Writing in this way can help to break through blocks like self-criticism and fear of failure, to find your own, unique voice.

The Exercise:

Choose a prompt and decide how long to write – ten minutes is a good length of time, to begin with. You can do more than one prompt, as required.

The prompts can be found at this link.

Our writers:

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“I tried taking on 4 of the 6 small creative writing prompts that John gave out. There were some good ideas but they didn’t go anywhere. It exposed the limited variations in my writing.”

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Arun,
Writer/Write Club Member

See you next weekend, with a rather more challenging session! 🙂

Meetup 78: Animating the Inanimate

Last weekend, we had Meghavarshini Krishnaswamy, one of our stalwart writers hosting a session on animating the inanimate. She is a great conversationalist, a consistent learner, an excellent thinker and thereby, a natural writer. Her sessions are usually well-researched and meticulously planned. And this weekend too, she managed to make us love her more.

When was the last time you looked at a ceiling fan and thought of the possibility of its thoughts or words? Well, this weekend, we all did. We thought of the randomest objects and their lives explained through their words and mouths.

Personification is a literary device that writers use to give inanimate objects human qualities or characteristics. Personification makes it easier for the reader to understand the description and put it into context. It also contributes to the mood of a scene and can be used to emphasize a point.

Some examples of personification include:

  1. The stars winked at her from the sky.
  2. The peeling paint and shutters hanging off the house made it look depressed.
  3. The sun snuck through the clouds in the morning.
  4. The flowers waltzed in time with the breeze.
  5. The river endeavored to swallow the earth whole.
  6. The bees played tag with each other as they raced between flowers.
  7. The sun glared, its anger heating the day.

The exercise:

Pick any object of your desire and personify the object with emotions, feelings, thoughts, actions and life. Write about the randomest things and rejuvenate a living soul into itself. Enthral the reader with every sense that the object can feel.

The writers:

Don’t they look great, when they’re deep in thought!

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“Seeing the world from a different dimension is always refreshing. This time, the story is to be told from the perspective of an object. There were interesting views presented all over, it helped me see the consistent perception of the static.”

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Arun

See you next weekend, at yet another great session! 🙂

 

Meetup 76: Strong Characters

Last weekend, we had Varnika, our bubbly and lovely newbie hosting a session. She is, by far, one of the most eloquent writers at our little abode and always manages to thrill us with her stories. And so, a session by her carried the same exuberance all through the session.

The idea was simple. We were to pin our heads down in creating Strong Characters. We were to establish a character, rather present all through the story. To list out characters that were an impact in your life is an impossibly subjective, impossibly unfair, impossibly quixotic task. And to create one that enthrals your readers to their very core is an even bigger challenge.

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Meetup 075: Post Societal Collapse

Hello people,

Last weekend, we had an interesting session hosted by Arun. We could definitely say that it was an experiential session. The theme revolved around social imagination during societal collapse and the times post-societal collapse.

Societal Collapse: Fall or disintegration of complex human societies.

Common types of collapse:

  1. Simplification: Social dynamics causing a sudden fall in the society’s adaptability. In case of collapse, civilizations tend to revert to less complex, less centralized socio-political forms using simpler technology. These are characteristics of a ‘Dark Age’.

Ex: Indus Valley Civilization – Pakistan/India, Angkor and Khmer Civilization – Cambodia/Laos/Thailand, Mayan Civilization

  1. Incorporation: Alternately, a society may be gradually absorbed into a more dynamic, more complex inter-regional social structure.

Ex: Rashtrakuta Empire in South Central India, Classical Greece by Roman Empire, The Kingdom of Jammu and Kashmir into India/Pakistan/China, The Gond Kingdom in Central India

  1. Obliteration: Nearly all of the people in the society/city die or are forced to leave it.

Ex: Hampi, Dwarka, Pompeii, Atlantis, Merv

Without much ado, here’s what we did!

The Exercise:

Short Writing: Read this excerpt:

  • Post the Spanish Civil War in 1937, misery as a subject has been so extensively plundered that common words, metaphors, and phrases lost their edge. As simple bare reality stood more horrific than creative fiction, it was deconstructing that made writing sharper and stronger. Here is a writing:

 

“..Describing the death of a woman, caused by misery, he wrote: ‘She has latterly set up as a fortune-teller and told fortunes for a plateful of maize flour.’

I am sure there has never been a sentence that expressed so much misery, the misery of misery. Think of the women who set up as a fortune-teller. Think of the other women who were this pseudo fortune-teller’s customers.

And think of their future! A future read for a plateful of maize flour!”

– From ‘Years of Darkness’ by Geo Bogza (1938)

To Do: Write a line or two that describe social misery through bare honesty of its content.

Time: 10 min.

Long Writing:

To Do: Take an example apocalyptic method and post-collapse phenomena in a rich cultural space and time. In this setting, explained only with relevant detail, construct your work by liberally using factual details from the history of that age. Your story, plot and characters must be strongly entwined into that time and setting along with the lives of one or a set of commoners. These are often dramatic transitions and philosophies that strongly build upon the life experiences of each character. Try to write some today.

Time: 1 hr

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The writeups spoke honest and true experiences more often than not and it was definitely impactful to have written on a well-developed theme as such. Thanks to Arun, for a wonderful session and handling a stitch in time for us! 🙂

Meetup 074: Stream of Consciousness

Last weekend was the epitome of the fun sessions we’ve had so far. We had Maia debut hosting on a totally new subject this weekend – Stream of Consciousness. Here’s what the dictionary says about it.

Stream of Consciousness:

a literary style in which a character’s thoughts, feelings, and reactions are depicted in a continuous flow uninterrupted by objective description or conventional dialogue. James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Marcel Proust are among its notable early exponents.
“a stream-of-consciousness monologue”
And as exciting as the day was, Maia had a well-researched subject with many examples to help us understand on the topic and write on it.
Exercises:
Activity 1: Group activity: “What are you doing?”
  1. Gather in a circle and enact any gesture
  2. The person on your left asks you
  3. What are you doing?
  4. Say anything but the thing you’re actually enacting
  5. The asker must enact what you said.
Repeat this until boredom strikes and ideas are done! 🙂
Exercise:
Write about any probable stream of consciousness – fictional, non-functional – connected, non-disconnected – coherent, incoherent – in the form of a write-up and read it aloud!

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Oh, the stories, the pieces we heard were spectacular, beautiful and yet so realistic. Pragmatism held its epicenter at Write Club, this weekend! Thanks to Maia for a truly lovely session!
See you next weekend! 🙂

Meetup 073: Blend it! Bend it!

After a long while, we had our most favorited writers host a session. Shazia brings with her the most challenging of themes, as always! The idea is not too hard to perceive but believe us, when we say this, put things pen to paper – by far the most struggle we’ve ever had!

First, get the brain out of boredom! 

Exercise 1:

First off, take a paper and pen, roll out the most random doodles you can come with! Doodle away for the next 10 minutes, or even longer, until you get bored to your wits! 🙂

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Exercise 2:

This is a bit elaborate, so you might wanna grab a memory pen!

  1. Write down your most favorite and the least favorite genre.
    (favorited by comfort and ease in writing)
  2. Exchange your most favorites with the person opposite you.
  3. Now club your least favorite with the genre received!

Eg: You receive Romance and your least favorite is Comedy – You have to write a Rom-com.

Well, we have had some really absurd combinations and yet wrote AMAZING stuff! Some examples of mix-match genres for reference:

  1. Poetry with Horror
  2. Self-help with Comedy
  3. Sci-fi with Spirituality
  4. Poetry with Murder mystery

…and so many more weird combos!

Go on, give some a try and let us know what you write!

See you next week, maybe?