Friday, June 29, 2018

2018 WRITE: EDU: WW: Writing Workshop: Places tell stories: Ideation

WRITE:  EDU:Writing Workshop: 
Places tell stories

A plan is described for Writing Workshops in virtual worlds.  An initial implementation is being developed in the Hypergrid worlds.   The plan could be adapted for web-worlds

Fantasy Island for writers

Writing Workshop: Places tell stories
More after the break

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  • Writing groups upload free OARS, creating a fictional world.
  • They use these worlds for practice of specific writing skills.
  • For scene development, they will use role playing in the environment.
  • For plot development, they will find idea packages and develop plots.
  • For character development, they will choose characters and enact them in role play.
  • Nara's Nook Virtual Writer's Colony will start the workshops.
  • They will add exercises and suggestions to stimulate ideas for visitors.

Working the workshop

  • On close inspection, some objects will have floating text.  
  • A click on one of these may give you an idea to work on.

With a group

  • Gather a group of people interested in practicing the skills of writing.
  • Bring them in and give them an exercise.

By yourself

  • If you find an exercise that suits you, do part 1.  
  • Try to get a few friends to join you in doing part 2
  • Or you can do it yourself if you want.
  • If you find a story idea interesting develop it a bit to see where it goes. 

Exercise 1 on a new world (RP) Ideation

  • You are a group of investigators studying this world (think of Myst).

Part 1 (individual) answer these questions in your notes

  • How did this place come to be?
  • What characters played a major role in creating this place?
  • What characters were here?
  • What was the regular pattern of life here?
  • What might have  happened to disrupt it?
  • What new character might have appeared and disrupted the regular pattern?

Part 2.Gather and share notes (in voice)

  • Each player presents answers
  • The group responds, asking questions or  offering suggestions
  • Facilitator keeps and posts a record of final results.
Fantasy Island for writers

Character exercise 1


  • On the central Island:  Linda Kellie clothing and avatars.
  • All free and public domain. 
  • Use the red and green wedges to scroll the contents.
  • Put on an avatar or clothing.  Begin to develop a character to fit your appearance.
  • What are your main activities? What is your most important activity?
  • How would characters who know you describe you?  
  • What other character here is most important to you?
  • What is your main goal right now.  Skip the shot-term goals.
  • Cite a goal that could your life.  Something hard to get but worth the effort.
  • What other characters are involved in that goal?
  • What other character is standing in the way of that goal?
  • What circumstances are standing in the way of that goal?

Group (in voice)

  • Everyone comes in costume and in character.
  • The task: each player tells about his/her character, playing that character.
  • The initial presentation comes from the individual exercise. 
  • In a second part of the exercise: 
  • The group asks questionseach player answers questions in character.

Character exercise 2 on a new world (RP):  ideation

  • Your task is to develop characters to fit into this world.
  • Part 1 (individual) Develop a character you would like to see in this world.
  • Recall the exercises from The 90 Day Novel
  • The character does not have to be human.
  • Describe the physical appearance of the character.
  • Where does this character regularly stay in this world?
  • What does this character regularly do in this world?
  • Imagine yourself in the role of this character.
  • What are two things you most want?
  • What are your main goals when you start the day?
  • What are your main fears during the day?
  • What are your goals for the future?
  • What are your fears for the future?

Part 2 (group) Gather and share notes (in voice)

  • Players enact the role of the character they just described.
  • One at a time, they go to their favored location, with others following.
  • In character, players try to find out about the host character.
  • Players try to find out how they (their character) might interact with the host character).
  • Players put notes in chat (OOC) about their observations.
  • Facilitator keeps and posts the chat notes.
The door in the tree-trunk

House exercise 1 (In character)


  • Has someone been living here?  
  • Was it you?  A friend of yours?  A character you never met?
  • Is the door unlocked?  What does does the inside tell you? 
  • What usually happens here?
  • Have you ever been here before?
  • Do you have a good or bad feeling about this place?  
  • Why is this place where it is?  
  • (Save your notes.)

Group (in voice and in character)

  • Each character gives his or her answers to the questions above.
  • When characters have answers that fit together, they move to stand next to each other.
  • When characters have answers that don't fit together, they move farther apart.
  • Subgroup: confer privately with others whose answers fit with yours. 
  • (Make notes on the subgroup conference.)


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