Once Upon A Time… (1)

Cinderella and Prince CharmingWelcome, Team!

For this first post, I thought I’d jump straight into it.

One of my goals as Chair/President of the DWW is to encourage people to WRITE!

Recently, I picked up a set of Story Forge cards to play around with guiding my  ideas — I have a tendency to get overwhelmed by too many options, otherwise.

So, tonight I did a ‘ONCE UPON A TIME’ spread. This is setting up a story. Interpretation is open to the author penning the story. This may inspire an award-winning short story, or an entire novel (series, even!), but you must begin somewhere.

So here goes…

1. THE PROTAGONIST, before the story:
Alliance:There is strength in numbers, and much comfort to be found in taking on a challenge in concert with one’s most trusted comrades.

2. THE STATUS QUO:
Ignorance: One is missing important or correct information, which may lead to vulnerability.

3. WHAT MAKES THE SITUATION UNSTABLE?
The Master: Someone who has been in training for years is finally acknowledged as master and may be called upon to employ that skill in service of a cause.

4. WHAT MAKES HIM or HER RESIST GETTING INVOLVED?
The Assassin: Whether driven by vendetta or ideology, this hunter will stop at nothing until blood has been spilled.

5. WHAT OVERCOMES THAT RESISTANCE?
Despair: Once hope is crushed and all looks lost, the will to continue is almost impossible to rekindle.

6. WHAT PROPELS THE PROTAGONIST INTO ACTION?
Envy: If one feels the universe is rewarding others unfairly, the bitterness that sets in can be all consuming.

7. THE DIRECTION THE PROTAGONIST IS PUSHED
Obliviousness: The truth is missed, refused, or ignored, no matter how dramatically it is revealed.

8. THE APPARENT GOAL
Chastity: A refusal of sex or love is called for. Someone must resist temptation that could lead to undesirable consequences.

I don’t know about you guys, but this spread has an uncanny resemblance to where I was thinking of beginning my next project. Could be interesting…

As this is post #1, I have no fixed plans as to how this will all work out. But I’d like to use it to build the Dunedin Writers’ Workshop into the Go-To group for writers in Dunedin (and its surrounds). I will gladly invite members to contribute content and ideas.

This exercise is NOT a homework assignment. It is merely an opportunity for you to take it and run, if you like. If you come away with a result, you are more than welcome to share it with the group (or the world) somehow — whether through the comments here, a link to your own blog, an email, or discussion within one of our monthly meetings. I’m keen for this group to evolve, so step right up and let’s make that happen…

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