Hey y'all. So tonight's meeting was about stirring up the passion of a writer's soul. There is a logical basis for everything a writer writes; a core of subjects that correlate to an inner principle or topic that a writer goes on. This is true for both fiction and nonfiction. The author uses the same core base for both.
What I mean by this is, the stuff you rant about is the stuff you'll write about.
For the first exercise, I wrote down several topics on note papers and allowed the members to choose one, whichever struck them as the most interesting or relevant to themselves. They would then write a rant based on whatever topic they chose.
- Big Business
- Country vs City Life
So yeah. Whatever came to mind as they thought about the topic would be what they wrote. The thing about it is, the members took each topic in a specific direction. One member wrote about big business, and how the anonymity there is similar to the anonymity of the internet. I never thought about it that way, and it was really interesting to read.
And then I took several items out.
- Turtle with bunny ears
- Fairy statue
- A Mega Man 2 cartridge
- A glass globe with color in it
- A glowy shimmering device that spins
- A Chinese fan
The members would take these items and relate them to their topic of choice, and then write up a fiction scene based on the item. For example, the member who chose big business wrote a little scene involving the making of Mega Man 2. I chose the fairy statue and wrote about how an intellectual would see a fairy statue in art versus her non-intellectual sister.
You see? You can always draw a straight line between two points. Any item can inspire a story from your base motivations -- base as in the foundation, not base as in low class. The last thing I had the members do was write a short list of the things they could rant about for hours. The list they compiled could usually be summed up by one or two words.
For example, one list was:
- The middle east
- Troubles with democracy
- Moral dilemmas
The obvious tie between these is cultures, meaning that the writer would probably not write war novels or general fiction, but rather about cultures and how a person would live in such a culture when it contradicts their own morality.
So yeah, what are the things that you rant about?