Write Club Online

It is sad that we don’t have Write Club until March 31st. But we thought this may be a good opportunity for us to exploit, as writers.

To Write More.

So we decided that we make this Quarantining period easy, light and fun for our writers.

We’ll give you:

One LIGHT/SHORT Writing Prompt on Wednesday.
One THEME BASED/LONG Writing Prompt on Thursday.
One Recommended Reading on Friday.
All you have to do is follow The Rules.

  1. You can write your piece based on any writing prompt, short or long.
  2. You can write your piece in any language, format or text.
  3. Your piece should be NO LONGER than 1000 words.
  4. Your piece MUST be sent to our EMAIL – writeclubhyd@gmail.com ONLY
  5. Please do NOT share your piece on the WhatsApp Group or Instagram or DMs.
  6. Please do NOT spam our Groups.
  7. Please follow the basic rules of civilization. Do not troll; do not be profane, rude, irrelevant, out of context or offensive in your feedback.
  • We will put up all the pieces on Saturday on our blog as open Google Doc links for comments.
  • The pieces can be scanned versions/pictures of your piece (if you write on paper)
  • The feedback and review session will open on Saturday.
  • Since the pieces will be up as Google Docs – open for all comments, feel free to leave your comments on any piece.

Warm-Up Wednesday: Image Prompts:

Theme Thursday: Long Writing:

Write about anything that’s a bad idea by common sense, but in a way that suggests what if it’s not?
Example/Prompt: Those silica packets and other prohibited stuff that specifically say “Do Not Eat” and “Throw away” have been an ingenious ploy to hide and destroy the one thing all humans have been searching for

Friday Recommended Reading

Warm-Up Wednesday:

What inanimate object triggers happy memories for you? And why?
Ex: Chai. Bubblegum. Balloons.

Theme Thursday: Long Writing:

Describe in vivid detail, how you would spend the day after the lock-down and the virus.

Be a little creative and imaginative, it need not even be realistic. It could be food, the theater or shopping experience, meeting that special person or taking your dog out. Please don’t say I showed up for work. Or you can, if that’s how you want to spend it. Also, add some hope and cheer to your story. For example how do you imagine it’s going to be once this ends. What might change around you or your city?

Sample 1: Noah, after the flood, sends out a dove which returns with an olive branch which was a sign that the Earth was alive again.

Sample 2: You can crawl out of your house, get on your knees and throw your arms in the sky a la Andy Dufrene.

Remember, hope and cheer.

Warm-Up Wednesday:
Soul swapping

1) Imagine you can choose to become an animal of your choice for a day. Describe how your day looks like as that animal.
OR
2) Imagine you swap lives with the last person you texted on WhatsApp for a day. Describe your day as that person.

Theme Thursday: Long Writing:

Write a short story/poem in the point of view of the opposite gender.
Use dialogue.
If you’re feeling too creative, a conversation through text messages as the medium.

We turn 5 years by this Saturday. So all our prompts this week would be Birthday themed.

Warm-Up Wednesday:

“Every year on your birthday, your birthday wish is granted. In the past you wished for things like a toy, good grades, that girl in math class. Today, you wish for something different…”

Continue this situation.

Theme Thursday: Long Writing:

“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.”
― William Barclay
Birthday traditions are either a huge deal or they’re not, but in everyone’s life, there are some notable ones. Tell us about yours.
If you feel up for a challenge, here are a few ideas:

  1. It was foretold that on your birthday you would claim your birthright and save the kingdom from growing evil. Only problem was, no one wrote it down, and you don’t know which birthday it will be.
  2. “This is the greatest birthday a vampire could ask for”
  3. During a televised birthday celebration, the world’s oldest person turns 125, now of turning, her wrinkles split open—revealing scales, and wings burst from her shoulders. There’s a burst of flame, and the TV feed goes dead. Humans are embryonic dragons, and the elderly are hatching.

Warm-Up Wednesday:

Prompt 1: Be Descriptive
Describe to the best of your ability, one activity from your day in great detail.
 
Prompt 2: The Groundhog Day Number.
Write your perfect Groundhog Day i.e., imagine if you had to re-live the same day over and over again for an indefinite period of time. What’d it look like? Who would have in it? And what would you be doing?
 
Theme Thursday: Long Writing:
For this Thursday, we’re adding a little bit of noise to your writing exercise. Pick a song of your choice. Be as creative as you can get. We’re talking ‘Watermelon Sugar’ to ‘Wrecking Ball’. And write a short piece around the lyrics of the song, making it as different from the actual idea of the song as possible.
 
For example, Beatles’ ‘Yellow Submarine’. The lyrics talk of living in a sea of submarines, with the blue skies above and the green sea below. Whip up a day in the life of submarine-man. ‘cept make it very Bikini-Bottom (for SpongeBob SquarePants fans). Or Wrecking Ball, for that matter, you can write about the love story of a construction worker gone wrong? 
 
Hint: You can use actual props for the videos of those songs for inspiration.
 

Warm-Up Wednesday:

Prompt:

You start with a word, and then write continuously for a minimum of two minutes, whatever comes into your head. If you run out of ideas, go back to the start word and go in another direction, or keep writing the same word over and over until it takes you somewhere else. That aim is to not stop writing at all for 2 whole minutes. Use a timer for setting your context.

Theme Thursday: Long Writing:

“Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.” – Virginia Woolf
 
Stream of consciousness:
Simply put it’s an individual’s thoughts and conscious reaction to external events experienced subjectively as a continuous flow. When we write this way, we write about what’s happening in our lives from our own perspective without pause or edits.
 
Prompt: 
What marks the start of your day?
Is it your first coffee? Is it after a shower? When do you begin your day? 
Use this as a prompt as the start and pen down a stream of consciousness.
 
In this, the most famous example is James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922), a complex evocation of the inner states of the characters Leopold and Molly Bloom and Stephen Dedalus.