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Feb. 4th, 2008 | 09:02 pm
mood: accomplishedaccomplished

. . . or our second scene, at any rate. My creative writing professor assigned a scene with much more inherent comedy value, or at least better comedic possibilities. The lead guitarist of a blues band is going to his girlfriend's apartment to tell her that - oops! - he lost a hand of poker while using her photo and phone number as an I.O.U. (He thought he had a good hand, and was out of money; while shaking out his wallet for sympathy, he accidentally dropped her photo, and another player said he would accept it and her number instead.)

So that was fun! I got to write humorously, and set the piece in the real, modern-day world, unusual for me. The viewpoint was a new kind (a little older and more jaded, a little more swearing, a little more risqué) - a type which I may not use much in the actual novels I write, but it's always nice to learn a new way to work. I feel my techniques stretching and becoming more varied. :) And even if I never make a character like Razor (yep, that's his name) as a point-of-view character, I may have better insight into the motivation of the next older, jaded, swearing, risqué side character. Hooray for broadening and deepening my abilities!

Of course, the weekly prompts do hinder my ability to write other things by taking up my time (as do other various things, including applications for money to help me pay for graduate school in . . . writing). As if to taunt me still further (and yet delighting me), my Russian Myths and Legends class continues to give me fascinating insight into a non-British medieval world.

WordShop, our on-campus writers' group, met tonight. Last week, I read a short story there, which went well. This week, we dispersed with a possible prompt for the next formal meeting: fanfiction. (Which, to be fair, is not so much a prompt as an entire genre.) I do not write fanfiction. Its existence makes me giggle - a rather happy giggle, but not a "I want to be part of this" sort of giggle, largely because I love my original characters so much. Well, actually, okay, I did write fanfiction one time. One time. It was three o'clock in the morning, and, while watching a movie, I wrote sappy Zelda slash. Go me.

. . . of course, I probably don't have time to write on this prompt, anyhow. But still, the idea of possibly writing Chrestomanci fanfiction is almost irresistible . . .

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from: toastedcheese
date: Feb. 5th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)

Fan fiction is so much fun, though! I don't write a lot of it comparatively myself, but it's especially neat to play with the obscure corners of a world and figure out what might be lurking there. I'm not particularly interested in writing Ron/Hermione, but McGonagall/obscure character from the Black Family Tree? I'm totally there! (Actually, that might have to be what I write for next week, since I have a whole plot bunny there which I started writing about but never finished.)

Unconnectedly, I really liked your creative writing assignment; the characters totally convinced me.

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from: magic_7_words
date: Aug. 13th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)

Yes, I am reading through your archives. I tend to do that with writing-related stuff. And, um, those prompts are so far out of my comfort zone it isn't even funny. Does the class kind of... work up to them?

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from: anicalewis
date: Aug. 13th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)

Well, the first semester we didn't do them at all. (It was Professor Robbins' first semester at W&M, and he hadn't thought of them yet.) Second semester, we started off with them - I think he assigned the first one on the first class. Since it's only once a week, he has to move along pretty quickly. It was an experiment, but he liked our responses so much that I suspect he'll keep the prompts, and might well do them starting the first class. Don't worry too much, though - it was WAY out of my comfort zone to write the POV of a Catholic priest comforting a mortally injured Holocaust victim, but once I actually started doing it, it was great. And he does try to do at least one scene that is in the "power alley" (as he calls it) of each student. (Given the class size and the smaller number of scenes, some scenes are supposed to be in more than one person's power alley - for example, this one was partly for me because it was funny, but partly for other people; the sci-fi one we had later was partly for me because it was sci-fi, and partly for other people.) In fact, since he doesn't know your class' writing areas yet (most of us had been with him for a semester already), he might assign something else to get an idea of your various power alleys before he starts the prompts.

Anyway, though, they aren't as scary as they seem. Plus, given that they could be difficult, he was pretty lenient if one prompt just didn't go too well for a person, as long as everyone obviously tried. The whole thing was a great learning experience in terms of different kinds of subject and writing, and kind of cool as far as research, too. I'll be curious to hear what prompts he uses this semester - you'll have to let me know! :)

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