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Writing club
« on: 06 Oct 2013, 04:32 »

So after the response to my other thread I though I could run a writing club. We'll do different exercises to stretch our writing chops. First one I liked was a suggestion (I forget who by) to basically have each of us note what we least want to write about, and then that gets passed to the next person to write about.

If no one wants to do that one we'll do a different exercise. But who's interested in joining writing club? I reckon a bare minimum of five would work but the more the merrier.

1. Gareth
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Re: Writing club
« Reply #1 on: 06 Oct 2013, 04:36 »

Here!

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« Reply #2 on: 06 Oct 2013, 10:58 »

Count me in.
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« Reply #3 on: 06 Oct 2013, 23:27 »

In!

(the "bad story idea" idea was mine, but I was inspired to suggest it by Grognard, who made you write that brilliant piece about the mutated onions.  So if it all goes bad, I blame it on on him  :evil:.)
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Re: Writing club
« Reply #4 on: 07 Oct 2013, 02:36 »

i'd be up for this, if i've got the time
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Re: Writing club
« Reply #5 on: 07 Oct 2013, 03:26 »

Muzzazzazazzasterpiece
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So I had to wait a little while surrounded by loud smelly people, and all this talk of a writing club made me want to write, so I cooked up a little something something...

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« Reply #6 on: 07 Oct 2013, 06:28 »

I REALLY want to do this... but I'll have to see if my work is seriously going to die this time or if it's just pulling another "JUST KIDDING!  :evil:"
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« Reply #7 on: 07 Oct 2013, 18:39 »

I'm in.
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« Reply #8 on: 08 Oct 2013, 03:13 »

3. K. O'Sera
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« Reply #9 on: 08 Oct 2013, 09:26 »

I'd like to try this but I admit now I may be unreliable in the coming weeks/months with work stuff taking up a lot of time.
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Re: Writing club
« Reply #10 on: 08 Oct 2013, 11:34 »

Okay, we got a few people now. I don't want to set deadlines on this so if you miss an exercise and want to do it later, then that's fine, sorry for anyone who loses out - but we may as well keep rolling.

Here's the rules.

Everyone PM me what you would LEAST want to write about it. I will take them all and re-assign them to other people randomly, and you will have to write 500 words on that theme and post it here. Obviously you don't have to post it if you don't want to. I'm a journalism grad so the rule is 10% over or under (450-550).

If you can put a twist on your theme, then do it, man. This is a writing challenge. Do what you want with it. There's no right or wrong here.

Start your PMs NOWWWWWWW!
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« Reply #11 on: 08 Oct 2013, 16:33 »

Ha, I'm having trouble deciding what terrible idea I want to use (I came up with two that I realized, combined, would be an episode of Scooby Doo), but I'll have something for you soon.
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« Reply #12 on: 08 Oct 2013, 16:39 »

I feel like I ought to apologize to whoever gets the topic I submitted.

Except that I doubt it will be the worst one.  :-o
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« Reply #13 on: 08 Oct 2013, 22:40 »

hmmm...
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Re: Writing club
« Reply #14 on: 09 Oct 2013, 15:14 »

Some of these topics... I really, really hope I don't get some of these topics. We started with a toughie, guys  :psyduck:

By my count, I'm only missing one person's story theme. Once I've got the last one, I'll randomise 'em and fling 'em out.
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« Reply #15 on: 09 Oct 2013, 20:37 »

"I'm looking forward to the challenge!" - Words I will surely regret
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« Reply #16 on: 09 Oct 2013, 20:42 »

I fear for us all.

Though I am so excited to see what everyone else came up with.  And to find out what kind of abomination I have to work with.
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Re: Writing club
« Reply #17 on: 09 Oct 2013, 22:48 »

indeed.

this is gonna be fun.
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« Reply #18 on: 10 Oct 2013, 03:21 »

I submitted mine

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« Reply #19 on: 10 Oct 2013, 03:41 »

I have everyone's themes in now and you will be getting one distributed to you very soon  :-D
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« Reply #20 on: 10 Oct 2013, 03:54 »

Right, everyone has been sent their theme.

I used a random number generator to assign everyone a theme, and still somehow ended up with the exact one I wanted  :psyduck:

No one should have their own theme, and none of them should be doubled. I double and triple checked.

So yeah, rules are in the original post but as a little addendum - I think it would be quite fun if we just posted the stories without saying what the theme was, so people can try to work out what they are, or post the story first and theme in a spoiler at the bottom.

I'm quite looking forward to this  :mrgreen:
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« Reply #21 on: 10 Oct 2013, 08:39 »

I was right. What I submitted wasn't the worst theme.

Here goes:



That chiseled jawline, she thought. There was a god after all, and he stood before her, glorious and strong and perfect. That face, so strong and manly, full lips and high cheekbones and eyes that could stare a cobra down without flinching or turn a girl to quivering jelly. Harrison Ford had nothing on him.

She let her gaze wander down his body. ďRock-hardĒ didn't even begin to describe it. Chest and abs carved of pure marble, biceps and forearms hard as granite. How she longed to feel those arms around her, those lips against hers, those hands pulling the clothing from her body.

She moved closer to him, reaching out to touch him, laying her hand on his chest, above his heart. So strong, so smooth. Unable to stop herself, she pulled her dress over her head, pulled off her bra, let her panties drop to the floor, until she stood before him as naked as he was. She wrapped her arms around his waist, feeling his back, letting her hands wander down his back to his firm, unyielding buttocks. One hand strayed around to his front, between his legs. That too was hard as stone.

Her whole body trembled as she leaned up to press her lips against his, her breasts against his chest, her hips against his thighs. She wanted him, wanted to feel his weight on top of her and the warmth of his breath on her face and the hot hard flesh of his manhood inside her, wanted to kneel down and worship him and take him in her mouth and feel him come alive under her tongue. So strong. So hard. So... cold.

She stopped suddenly, pushed herself away and stood before him, her chest heaving. No, it was no good. The sculptor's hands had done their work too well, fashioning the perfect man. She could almost believe him real, he was so finely and realistically detailed, a Greek god turned to stone by some sorcerous curse, waiting twenty-five centuries for her to release him from his imprisonment. She desperately wanted to believe that she had the power within her body to free him from millennia of stony slumber, to restore life and warmth to his cold white marble flesh.

But no. He was made of stone, and it was pure foolishness to believe otherwise. His heart would never beat for her, his eyes would never look at her with tenderness or hunger, his mouth would never tell her how much he loved her and needed her and desired her. She was alone, and always would be, and neither god nor man would ever care for her or even notice her. Tears streamed down her face as she gathered up her clothes and fled the room that held the ancient stone god.

Damn it all, Apollo thought. I really thought I had reached her. It was the closest he had come in centuries. His divine powers were weakened to the point where influencing the mind of a mortal was difficult, almost an impossibility. Someday, though, he would finally tempt a woman to make love to him and free him from Medusa's curse at last.

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« Reply #22 on: 10 Oct 2013, 08:47 »

That was mine, bro. Good response time!
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« Reply #23 on: 10 Oct 2013, 08:57 »

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« Reply #25 on: 10 Oct 2013, 10:02 »

I've read the story now, and I really, really love it. This is what I was hoping for - people taking the theme and turning it on its head. Love it. Imagery was perfect.
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Re: Writing club
« Reply #26 on: 10 Oct 2013, 13:01 »

Zebediah, that was class work. Great descriptions and the ending was great.

Putting this in the spoiler for dark themes and the prompt under the second spoiler. Also this is 549 words, I make the most of word limits.  :-D

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« Reply #27 on: 10 Oct 2013, 13:11 »

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« Reply #28 on: 10 Oct 2013, 13:16 »

Jesus Christ, Welu, I had forgotten what theme I had given you and reading the story didn't help and JESUS CHRIST THAT IS DARK and fucking good, too!
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« Reply #29 on: 10 Oct 2013, 13:25 »

Whoo! Cheers, Gareth, glad you like it.

Love yours, the Twitter feed idea was neat and the way it escalates is awesome.
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« Reply #31 on: 10 Oct 2013, 14:39 »

Okay, so maybe the theme I submitted WAS the worst one. Welu, that was mine, and you did a marvelous job at it.  :evil:

Gareth, that was amazing. A Twitter poem!

And Masterpiece, that was cool. And appropriately dark. And WAY better than the source material. Well done.
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« Reply #32 on: 10 Oct 2013, 14:47 »

ITT: Cool people with hidden writing skills. Zeb, your theme was really fun.

Something people might be interested in is the Tumblr WriteInspiration. It's ran by LoliButt.
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« Reply #33 on: 10 Oct 2013, 20:06 »

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« Reply #34 on: 10 Oct 2013, 20:42 »

i so want to do this, but mine will have to wait for tomorrow
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« Reply #35 on: 11 Oct 2013, 01:31 »

Nice job Henri! And I apologize if it was too hard, next time I'll submit an easier theme...

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« Reply #36 on: 11 Oct 2013, 10:27 »

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« Reply #37 on: 11 Oct 2013, 10:45 »

You should totally have posted them with a different victim and spaced out a bit, to see if the idiot contingent of the Internet thought it was real.
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« Reply #38 on: 11 Oct 2013, 11:36 »

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well done.

and i actually find the twittered version a bit easier to read, because of the formatting i think.
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« Reply #39 on: 11 Oct 2013, 11:44 »

You should totally have posted them with a different victim and spaced out a bit, to see if the idiot contingent of the Internet thought it was real.

The twist ending was the only original thing I brought to it... and also I was deliberately trying to avoid anyone thinking it was real. Also, it wouldn't seem real anyway because I tweeted it in reverse so you can read from the top (and not to spoil the end).
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« Reply #40 on: 11 Oct 2013, 12:26 »

I already know what I'm gonna write, but I don't have the time right now. I'll probably do it tomorrow, so stay tuned.
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« Reply #41 on: 11 Oct 2013, 13:02 »

But why is it chronologically reverse?

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« Reply #42 on: 11 Oct 2013, 13:13 »

So the story progresses in the right order and you don't spoiler it for yourself, given that it has a twist ending.
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« Reply #43 on: 11 Oct 2013, 21:51 »

Nice job Henri! And I apologize if it was too hard, next time I'll submit an easier theme...

No, I meant 'terrifying' in a good way!  It's supposed to be a challenge, and I think I might take another crack at it, or expand on what I have (I don't usually have a problem with exceeding word limits, but there was a lot I had to cut out for this, haha).  And thank you :)

There's some really good shit going on here.  It can be hard to keep a writing group going on the internet, but I'm pretty optimistic about this one.
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« Reply #44 on: 14 Oct 2013, 05:22 »

finally got around to finishing my rough draft. went way over-budget on my word count, so i'll have to cut it down tomorrow for posting.
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« Reply #45 on: 17 Oct 2013, 00:28 »

So, when are we doing the second round?

...just noticed that not everyone is done yet...

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« Reply #46 on: 17 Oct 2013, 02:33 »

Oh crap, I totally forgot about this. I promise my part will be up by tomorrow evening, at the latest.
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« Reply #47 on: 17 Oct 2013, 03:49 »

Yeah I figured rather than pile on more, we'd just give the last two a chance to finish off.

I am toying with the idea of doing all of my entries in Twitter format from now on.
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« Reply #48 on: 17 Oct 2013, 06:43 »

On the plus side, I have an idea for the next exercise, which I think should be fun.
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« Reply #49 on: 17 Oct 2013, 06:58 »

Work gave me the middle finger, so I haven't had a chance to do more than string an idea together. I'll get it done between my Friday night and Saturday morning though. I give up on my writing too often. I want this to make me feel like I'm at least a little accountable to someone(s).
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