Meetup 006: Colors and Icebergs

Alright. We’re back with a wonderful meetup, again!

With a rich turnout of 19 writers, we tried one of the best ways to end a jolly good week. And it makes me happy and proud to say, that we’re growing as a group. This week, Write Club experienced what could be a good mix of fun, team-work and great story telling.

Now, we know that good writing ends up bringing out natural connections and emotions from the reader, almost implicitly. But a budding writer, always needs to know the elements that evoke such a connection and our host, Prithvi covered some fundamental concepts that cater to this effect.

As always, the session was broken down into two exercises. One of which involved independent story telling and the other was a group activity with a tried-and-tested writing exercise. Before we start, allow us to quote the inspiration for the activities.

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

Ernest Hemingway

Although dark, we followed his words to the best we can, except there wasn’t a typewriter. We had pens, laptops and burning ideas to do the job.

Elements covered:

Adding Color:
Be it fiction or Nonfiction, description or adding colour is a game changer. It lets the writer, take the reader places.

Iceberg Theory ‐ What lies beneath?

An iceberg, floats in the Arctic with only one‐eighth of its mass above water while the greater, potentially devastating portion hides beneath the surface and attracts our concern, precisely because it is hidden. In the same way, Ernest Hemingway reasoned, the drama of a story can attract our concern if we are allowed to glimpse only a fragment of it.

Find more on the theme: WC-Hyd-M006

The host, Prithvi, maintained the consistency of interest among the members with wonderfully designed, interesting activities.As an ode to our beliefs, Prithvi ensured that activity time was comparatively more, making the meetup even more enjoyable. It was a fun Saturday, a fun weekend, A happy end to a perfect week!

Activity 1:

Write a 100 word story/piece of your choice that emphasizes and colors your observations and takes the readers through a visual experience of the described element

Activity 2:

Participants form into healthy groups (in our case, 6 or more people) and start by spinning around a sentence, each, as a continuation to the previous. The objective would be to establish a sensible, meaningful story by the end of a circle. Once a story is created, it can be discussed as a whole among the group and can be polished and edited likewise. The key is to use the two elements or concepts discussed earlier, while the group crafts the story.

And we did have a lot of fun, as it may evidently seem, through both the activities. See you guys, next weekend, when we have more fun, more writing on another interesting theme! 🙂

As always, please feel free to share your works and feedback on the theme and meetup, in the comments section.