Thursday, February 13, 2014

BWC Book Project, Meeting Agenda, & Writing Prompts OH MY!

The BWC meetings in January were simply Coffee and Conversation themed.  We continued to welcome new members and discussed current writing projects as well as encouraged one another to get focused on success in 2014.
We seem to have found a home (for now) at La Madeleine's on the north shore as well as south shore because they are able to accommodate our interactive and growing group.  Truthfully they also hit all of our hot buttons like easy access, good food, and operating hours.  
You may have seen on the Meet Up website that we've been planning a writing project together and I'm happy to announce that we've ironed out the basics.  The story will be a BWC collaboration and together we'll brainstorm, write, edit, and publish the work together.  Our first meeting in February was our first brainstorming event!  Here are the deets (details): 
  • Fiction
  • Written one chapter at a time by a member unless we get to a point where we can do more.
  •  Loose plot:  A couple takes a cruise and endure relationship issues enfolding other vacationers into their situation.
  • Each meeting members will draw numbers to see who writes the next chapter. 
  • Once a member has written a chapter, they no longer can draw a number.
  • Chapters should be about 3,000 words. 
  • Members will only pull a number if they can commit to complete the assignment during that particular time period.  We will work on this for several months which should accommodate most of our personal schedules. 
  • The member chosen will have approximately a week and a half to iron out their chapter and send to the others for review.
  • Each meeting we will discuss the edited chapter, work on our outline, set deadlines, and basically chart progress.   
Overall, the idea is to have fun together and learn through the process!  As a whole, rules will be kept to a minimum so everyone will have creative license to write.  All members are encouraged (highly encouraged) to participate whenever and wherever they can.  This may be writing a chapter or simply helping brainstorm during the meetings.  I would like to remind everyone that the majority rules over editing.  Therefore, all of our writings are subject to revision.  Sometimes receiving criticism is painful, especially when some of our darlings may be sacrificed for the greater good.  Please keep this in mind as you give or receive feedback.
We will continue with our writing/teaching sessions at each meeting and spend about a half hour on sharing work (outside of the group project) which can include this month’s writing prompts (below) or anything else you may be writing.  When possible, please bring a few printed copies of your work as it is easier to follow along but also will allow you some written editing and feedback. 
I'm excited to post February writing prompts and hope to hear a lot of them at our next meeting.  As usual, there are three writing prompts to choose from and you have 1000 words or less to do it!
Please print at least one copy of your finished story for the meeting and we will exchange them when we get together next Thursday.  This will allow you a quick critique of your work thus some immediate feedback.  We will share as many as time allows. 

Please choose one of the following:
You receive a mysterious email and the subject line reads “Everything you know is a lie.” You open the email and read further: “Act calm as to not alert anyone, but everyone around you is not who they say they are. You need to quietly get out of there and meet me at the spot where you had your first kiss. You know the place. My name is Mark.”
You call an old flame from high school whom you still have feelings for and ask to meet up. The flame says, “Sure, how about noon at the pub by your house.” While waiting at the pub, your flame walks in—wearing a wedding dress (or tuxedo). The flame looks at you and says, “I’m supposed to be getting married today, but …” What happens? Write this scene
Walking to catch the bus, you see a young boy look both ways before entering an alley. When you follow him into the alley, he has disappeared. Instead, there is a neatly folded note lying on the pavement. What does it say and how do you react?
Happy Writing!

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