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Sign up for a week of first-drafts...

Post by bodkin » Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:54 pm

The plan is....

Starting on Sunday 10th Jan we're planning to have a week of writing and commenting first drafts.

This will take the form of:

i) interested parties signing up in this thread.

ii) each day I will start a new thread in this forum with a bit of a prompt/exercise to get you going (although you don't have to follow that).

iii) everybody posts their drafts.

iv) over the next few days people comment each other's drafts, and maybe some light critique as well.

Obviously you might not be able to manage every day, but the exercise works best if people do manage to contribute on most days...

It's an exercise to stir us into life during this bleak and desolate time of year!

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After the week is over, we're thinking of a follow-up exercise where we each take our favourite draft forward into a week of intensive rewriting -> recriting -> rewriting.

All welcome!

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Re: Sign up for a week of first-drafts...

Post by Ros » Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:07 pm

Me, me!

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Re: Sign up for a week of first-drafts...

Post by k-j » Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:58 pm

I'm in, although I'll be travelling that week so can't guarantee anything.
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Re: Sign up for a week of first-drafts...

Post by Travis » Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:01 am

I'm in.
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Re: Sign up for a week of first-drafts...

Post by Sharra » Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:36 am

Sign me up :)
I do think that part of the benefit of this exercise is if people make a point of doing this every day. The end result isn't important, its the process of doing it every day that is the good thing :)
I actually wonder if, as we are posting first drafts, we should confine crits just to pointing out the things we like - first drafts *should* be full of crap, and we will know that. It might be more useful to have the good bits highlighted.
What do you think?
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Re: Sign up for a week of first-drafts...

Post by brianedwards » Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:40 am

I write every day anyway so I'm sure I'll be able to contribute. Time-wise it might be a problem posting, but yeah, I'm in.

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Re: Sign up for a week of first-drafts...

Post by Pauline » Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:40 am

I'm in.

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Re: Sign up for a week of first-drafts...

Post by bodkin » Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:53 am

Sharra wrote:Sign me up :)
I actually wonder if, as we are posting first drafts, we should confine crits just to pointing out the things we like - first drafts *should* be full of crap, and we will know that. It might be more useful to have the good bits highlighted.
Agreed, I tried to play down the critique angle, but I didn't want anyone to feel unable to say "but the reference to Darth Maul sucking lemons didn't really work for me in a love poem"...

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Re: Sign up for a week of first-drafts...

Post by Sharra » Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:57 am

"but the reference to Darth Maul sucking lemons didn't really work for me in a love poem"...
but maybe he's tasting the bitterness of a hidden broken heart? :lol:
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Re: Sign up for a week of first-drafts...

Post by brianedwards » Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:02 pm

Sharra wrote:
"but the reference to Darth Maul sucking lemons didn't really work for me in a love poem"...
but maybe he's tasting the bitterness of a hidden broken heart? :lol:
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Re: Sign up for a week of first-drafts...

Post by brianedwards » Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:03 pm

First line for you there:

Hidden broken hearts do not taste like fruit

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Re: Sign up for a week of first-drafts...

Post by Sharra » Fri Jan 08, 2010 1:22 pm

I quite like that as a prompt - maybe I'll have a dabble :)
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Post by zootsuitmod » Fri Jan 08, 2010 1:34 pm

I'm in.
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Re: Sign up for a week of first-drafts...

Post by ray miller » Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:29 pm

Are there going to be any prizes, pennants, rosettes, ribands, cups, trophies, tankards, t-shirts or weekends with beautiful film stars?
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Re: Sign up for a week of first-drafts...

Post by Ros » Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:03 pm

ray miller wrote:Are there going to be any prizes, pennants, rosettes, ribands, cups, trophies, tankards, t-shirts or weekends with beautiful film stars?
All of those. Well done for volunteering to organize it, Ray. An evening with Kate Moss for the chaps I think. You'll have to come up with something else for the laydees.
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Re: Sign up for a week of first-drafts...

Post by Sharra » Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:13 pm

Hmmm a weekend with Robbie Williams for me please ;)
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Re: Sign up for a week of first-drafts...

Post by Raine » Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:59 pm

Sounds like fun, I'll join in if that's cool :-)

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Re: Sign up for a week of first-drafts...

Post by bodkin » Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:40 pm

The more the merrier...

I think I'll put the first prompt up latish on Saturday, so people can have the whole of Sunday to go at it...

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Re: Sign up for a week of first-drafts...

Post by arunansu » Sat Jan 09, 2010 6:51 am

I'm in. And I shall bring along chain of Haiku and Tanka, for sure! Smiles. This reads as a pretty effective means of self-assessment. Thanks.

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Re: Sign up for a week of first-drafts...

Post by feithline » Sat Jan 09, 2010 3:23 pm

What better way to jump right in? :) I'm game! :)

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Re: Sign up for a week of first-drafts...

Post by anniecat » Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:08 pm

Little old me will have ago, up for anything in these bleak days, i will no dought mess it up but i try, try, try. :D
Great idea i love a promt.
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Re: Sign up for a week of first-drafts...

Post by camus » Sun Jan 10, 2010 5:36 pm

Has a prompt been posted anywhere?
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Re: Sign up for a week of first-drafts...

Post by k-j » Sun Jan 10, 2010 5:48 pm

Right below this thread.

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Re: Sign up for a week of first-drafts...

Post by camus » Sun Jan 10, 2010 5:59 pm

Where? and what's it called?

I see nothing, nothing, nothing...
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Re: Sign up for a week of first-drafts...

Post by camus » Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:11 pm

Found it.

My computer is dying...nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
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