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Month: March 2018

Writing About Our Greatest Fears – Writing Stream Recap

For the last stream’s exercise, we I decided to try a new kind of exercise: writing our greatest fear.

To start, we brainstormed a bunch of fears, then chat voted on the one we’d write (“social situations” was the winner). We then wrote three opening sentences for three different social fears, and in the end, “chatting on Twitch” was the winner.

For the exercise we wrote for 30 minutes about a character going through that fear, then we stopped, wrote the sentence “Then I decided not to be afraid anymore,” and had the character overcome it.

It’s a different exercise than we usually do, but it was a lot of fun. Fear can be a great driving force for a character, and this was no exception.

Here’s what we came up with:

Editing Fanfiction Trash into Treasure – Writing Stream Recap

For the last stream’s exercise, we did something that we haven’t done in a while: edit auto-generated fanfiction.

To do that, we went to the website Fanfic Maker, put in some parameters, and then auto-generated an entire story. We read the whole thing, and then rewrote the beginning, trying to stay as true to the original intent/spirit as possible.

The original was very… unique. (You can read it here, just prepare yourself mentally first.) But it did have some interesting ideas, and a couple hilarious lines. So we did our best to incorporate them into the rewrite.

Here’s what we came up with:

Prologues are Usually a Bad Idea, so Let’s Write One – Writing Stream Recap

For the last stream’s exercise, we went over something that’s a pretty divisive topic: when/how to write a prologue.

I’m not a fan of prologues. In the Ten Writing Commandments we came up with, the second commandment outright says: “Thou shalt not start thine story with a dream, flashback, or prologue. At best, thine readers will be disappointed when they start your “main story,” at worst, they will be bored, confused, and stop reading.”

I would steer all beginner writers away from writing prologues, because it’s too easy to use them as a crutch. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have a place sometimes.

So for the last stream, chat voted for a randomly-generated plotline, and then we wrote a prologue for that story. Here’s what we got: “A cowboy and a maverick heavily conspire to prepare an irritating pixie.”

It was a fun exercise, trying to think of what kind of information would be justifiable in a prologue for that story. Here’s what we came up with:

The Ten Writing Commandments – Writing Stream Recap

For the last stream, we did something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while: create the Ten Writing Commandments.

I’d put it off until we as a stream had written and read enough material for me to feel comfortable writing them up. I jotted down a few ideas before the stream started, but as always, chat was the real star with their suggestions.

After a long brainstorming session with good discussions and questions, we wrote our Ten Commandments.

Here’s what we came up with:

Giving a Viewer’s Story a Total Makeover – Writing Stream Recap

For the last stream, we did something that we haven’t done in a while: rewriting the beginning to a viewer’s story.

When MetaWarrior shared their piece during the freeshare part of the previous stream, I thought it would be a perfect candidate for a writing makeover. It had potential, but it was a little vague and bland at the beginning. So we decided to rewrite it and spice it up!

To do this, we made sure to set the scene and tone right from the start, and to give the reader the who/what/when/where/hook as soon as possible. That way they could visualize what was going on, and want to continue reading.

Here’s what we came up with:

Alone at the Carnival – Writing Stream Recap

For the last stream, we decided to try out a new exercise: writing about one small action in excruciating detail.

To do this, we picked a simple action (ie: paying for groceries, shaving a beard, etc.) and then described it using at least 500 words. Doing so forces you to go into extreme detail and show off lots of visuals, sounds, and smells that you might otherwise leave out. Plus it’s also good to practice slowing down the pacing in writing.

Together with chat we came up with a bunch of ideas, and then this one is what was voted for: sitting alone at a carnival.

Here’s the 500 words of crazy detail that we wrote about for it:

A Parental-Supervised Sushi Date – Writing Stream Recap

For the last stream, we did one of my favorite writing exercises: swapping a half-written story with someone and finishing it.

We did this a few streams ago, and this time faithful viewer Reversemanwolf volunteered to participate. We both began with the same auto-generated sentence, then wrote for half an hour, swapped stories, and finished the other’s story.

The sentence we started with that chat voted for was: “I hear Nancy is very pretty.” Here’s the stories we came up with: