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16 March 2007 @ 08:12 am
Greetings all! Welcome to the first set of prompts or challenges for our ickle wickle writing group.

Memorise the emails that this is addressed to, and add mine on the end: this is the writing group, the fools who will critique and beta and challenge and prompt and write. And stuff. So if you send out an idea, these are who need to see it.

There are three prompts/challenges in this email, set out in a lovely manner underneath. Remember: you don't have to do these, and there is no deadline. These are just suggestions.


One

Write a piece of less than 500 words in a style akin to that of V from 'V for Vendetta'. The specific quote is beneath.

'Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin van-guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.'

It's a case of pick a letter, and wax loquacious, in less than 500 words. :)


Two

Take this song - http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/30secondstomars/fromyesterday.html

Use it in any way you want. Whether you take a line, the title, the singer/group, a theme, an idea, whatever: draw inspiration from it, and write something. It can be anything - there's no word limits on this.


Three

Pick a flower. For this example, crocus.

Now pick a colour. For this example, purple.

Then write a piece about the coloured flowers. So for instance, this one would be titled 'Purple Crocus.' It doesn't have to feature the flower; you can use symbolism associated with the flower, or the colour, or both, or neither. Just use it however you see fit.


Next:

Once you've written something, or anything, email it out. You can email it to the whole group, or just to Kel or I, and we'll stick it up in the FNet LJcomm for it to be archived and commented on. It's up to you. We'd all love to see what you come up with.

If you have an idea for a prompt, title it 'Prompt' and send it round. It doesn't have to be as detailed as this one is. Even sending round five words like "Pointed demonic object from hell" works for us. :p

And now, this is MuseyMuse, signing off and going to write. Have fun, all!

Loffles,

Lou&Kel
 
 
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16 March 2007 @ 08:10 am
Greetings to one and all.

I send this important missive on behalf of a certain Keladryie and myself, and an intriguing conversation that the two of us had on one fine morning about the fate of writing. Or rather, the decline of it. And our concern of it. Since FNet is dead and many of us are too busy or, in some cases -cough- lazy to try and revive it, we decided to email the lot of you.

Partly for that, but mostly because we're bored and we miss writing together with a group.

As such, we propose this: an email based writing group.

Now, before you all go saying you don't have time, listen to me :p I may ramble, but it'll be worth it in the end, if only to tell me to shut it.

The group that we propose has no deadlines, or prizes, or competitions. It's simply a way of motivating ourselves. A lot of us haven't written since NaNo, or even before then; and we all know that the longer we go without writing something, anything, the harder it'll become.

Our group will just be a way of writing together. We can all email out challenges, prompts, ideas, plotbunnies that we don't have time to do ourselves; we can do an email round robin, etc. If some of you are up for it - and lets face it, even if it just winds up as me and kel, something will come of it - then Kel's going to do a LJcomm to keep a record - or we can use Unforgivable to store them - which'll make it easier to keep track of and to review.

I think I'm saying things in odd disjointed pieces again >.>

Basically, if you reply to me and kel (and please, email us both) saying "Sounds like fun", we'll go for it. We'll start off with a few prompts for, say, 500-words-or-less pieces, to warm us up. You don't have to do them all, and you don't have a time limit. It's just something for you to work on when you fancy some writing but can't be bothered to think.

Then, when you do them - or if - you email them out to some or all of the group - or even just Kel and I, and it'll be put into the LJ. We'll then all critique.

You can feel free to tack your own prompts or suggestions or challenges onto the end, or even just send a challenge out - heck, an email consisting of the word "Umbrella" would be enough :p - and we'll all get back to you with our contributions.

The best thing about doing it this way is that a) we don't have a forum of n00bs to contend with and b) there's no deadline. You don't have to rush, or feel obliged to do anything - it's purely for the sake of writing together.

Maybe we can all work towards doing ScriptFrenzy in June :p

We can also work as a beta service, too. If you have anything that needs betaing - from a drabble to an essay to a novel - then just ask, and those of us with time to spare will happily volunteer. I can state now that I have far too much time on my hands.

Anyway. This is just a suggestion. I'm throwing it out there, and those of you interested, even if you wont be able to do more than one drabble a month, if you could reply to me and kel and say "Sure, we're up for it, you crazy hippies" then that'd be awesome. Even if you're not up for it, and just say "You have too much time on your hands", then please reply. I'm so lonely ;-;

:p

Anyway. If you're up for it, or not as the case may be, let me and Kel both know plzkthnxbai?

Louffles muchly,

Lou (on behalf of Kel)
 
 
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