It has been a while since the last organized Writing Project, and I felt we needed something creative to balance out the overwhelming Chorus activities again.
So here we go - not a Short Story project, but a Writing Prompt.
I hope that we'll be having a bunch of these, especially in-between bigger projects and efforts. Writing Prompts will not focus on writing a full story, but rather on practicing specific aspects of writing, like characters, personalities, descriptions, settings, or just plain old "write something short about this or that" without the usual constraints outside of being creative.
Hopefully this kind of thing will spike writing activity again. A lot of you had problems with the Horror and Fantasy genres, so let's approach the whole thing from this angle for now, in the hopes of improving our writing skills bit by bit.
This Writing Prompt is called "Setting The Stage"
Your task is to, yes, set the stage for a story, a scene, a character - whatever you may come up with. However, you are NOT supposed to tell the scene or play happening on said stage!
You are not supposed to introduce a character or plot, but instead depict and describe the stage itself.
This means that you are supposed to write about, for example, a particular room, location, world, setting. Come up with something interesting, give subtle hints at what may be going on in the story, draw the reader into your created setting and spark interest. Be creative. Try to create a world or setting that intrigues you and has potential. Try to step away from the mundane if you can.
Imagine your Stage being observed by people in a theater - try to draw them in with the first impression, try to show a more or less static view, maybe with the actors in place, but not having them act or talking about them outside of their appearance.
Imagine the initial burst of curiosity before the first line is being spoken or the first move being made. Invest the reader in your creation, your setting, your world, not the drama soon to unfold!
A lot of words, but I hope it helps understand what I am getting at. If any questions arise, feel free to ask them on this thread. Participation is open to everyone, but please don't just sign up without writing anything - this should not take nearly as much time or effort as writing a whole story!
As for the word count:
I'd consider 500 to 1000 words reasonable for this task.
Try to stay within those milestones. If you require slightly above 1000 words, ask if your word count is acceptable. If your count is below 500, you've screwed up and need to rethink your stage - there's always some detail you can expand on!
For this one please post your finished (or well-underway) writings on this thread.
If people want to comment on the writings, please do so in nested posts (by clicking the Timestamp on the post).
Everybody is welcome to post criticism and feedback!