Metafiction (Ashwin)

Definition: Metafiction is a form of fiction in which the author self-consciously alludes to the artificiality or literariness of a work by parodying or departing from novelistic conventions and traditional narrative techniques. In other words: Metafiction is self-conscious about language, literary form, storytelling, and directly or indirectly draw attention to their status as artifacts. Why…

The Butterfly effect (Kartik Patiar)

“You could not remove a single grain of sand from its place without thereby … changing something throughout all parts of the immeasurable whole.” — Fichte, The Vocation of Man In one of Stephen King’s greatest works, 11/22/63, a young man named Jake discovers a portal in a diner’s pantry which leads back to 1958….

Pretend to play a part (Pavan)

A last-minute set of prompts from Pavan. Prompts: Your 5 year old daughter is scared of cockroaches, and there is a huge cockroach in her room. You have to pretend you are not scared of cockroaches and try and get rid of it. You are an avid meat lover and are pretending to be vegan…

LITERARY MINIMALISM (Vishaka)

LITERARY MINIMALISM “If a writer of prose knows enough of what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them.” -Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon The…

Satire (Devanshu)

Write club 28/07/2018 Satire is a genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, corporations, government, or society itself into improvement. Although satire is usually meant to be humorous, its greater purpose is often constructive…

Foreshadowing (Amel)

Foreshadowing Foreshadowing as a literary or narrative technique is defined as dialogue, action, or an event that: sets the stage for a story to unfold and gives the reader a hint of something that’s going to happen without revealing the story or spoiling the suspense. prepares your readers on a sub-conscious level for what’s coming,…

Folkloring from the Apocalypse (By Yedu)

This is it, guys. Fin. The end. We all thought it would be because of nuclear war or climate change. Hell, we even expected the apocalypse to come in the form of murderous alien hordes. But apparently none of us got it right. The real danger was sitting right next to us, digging into their…

Terror-Horror-Gore (By Nikita)

THG (Terror-Horror-Gore) Let’s begin with Math In 2004, researchers came up with the perfect formula for what elements makes a horror movie scary: (ES + U + CS + T) 2 + S + (TL + F)/2 + (A + DR + FS)/N + sin(x) – 1 [1] ES = Escalating Music; U = Unknown, CS…

Diaspora (By Soumya R)

The word diaspora was first largely used to show the “displacement” of Jews from Israel into exile into various countries and continents across the word. The word, diaspora is also used to indicate “spreading about” or to “scatter about.” It can also be used in the psychological sense of being “in between.” A little after…

Re-imagining Neighborhoods (Ankit Jha)

The goal of today’s exercise is simple. I want you to reimagined your neighbourhood in either a Scifi, Fantasy or Obscure setting. It could be your current area or city, your hometown, a foreign city you visited or read about. Make it beautiful & light or dark & dredgy, it’s up to you. It will…

Americana (By Anil Mani)

“I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Today, we will write stories set in America. Stories about the real America (as seen on TV). America the beautiful, the verdant, the violent, the ugly, the redemptive, the free. A story that…

A Session for Late Comers (Ranjan)

You’re late. Is this the first time? Probably not. Here’s an idea. Why don’t you write an essay on why being late is a bad thing? (source: custom-writing.org) How to start: Start with describing a situation when being on time is extremely important. Let it be a job interview, for instance. Tell about the consequences…

Collaborative Writing (Ranjan’s Session)

Rules: The objective is to come up with one complete story, as a group. Since you’re a team of 4, your story will consist of 4 different parts. Each team member must write one part. Each group member’s part will be marked out of 5 points. Each team member must contribute. If a member’s part…

Tragedy (Pavan’s Session)

Basic Plots in Literature: Tragedy There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire. The other is to get it – George Bernard Shaw Tragedy is like strong acid — it dissolves away all but the very gold of truth – D H Lawrence. A good tragedy evokes fear and…

Travelogue (Ankit Khandelwal)

Travel writing can be geographical, adventurous, cross-cultural, or involve travel to different places within the same country. It can also be an inner philosophical journey of a person undergoing a transformation. Journey through time, space can also be a part of travel writing. In recent times, it has taken a form of creative non-fiction and…

Devanshu’s Session on Magical Realism

Set your fantasies in the here and now and then, if challenged, claim to be writing Magical Realism. – Neil Gaiman Any guesses on what might have been the topic for last Saturday’s, Write Club session? Magical Realism, you say? Well, absolutely. Aren’t you a regular prophet, my friend? What is magical realism? Devanshu did…

Dear blog (Vaibhavi’s Sesssion on epistolary writing)

Dear blog, Hope this finds you in the pink of your health. I write this after having attended Vaibhavi’s session on epistolary writing. That is the form of writing where the story is told in the form of letters or diary entries. Kind of like this letter I am writing to you right now. It…

Long Time No See (Anil)

Miss Kasa, I hope you are not too distressed to receive this letter, though I suspect you are. Point of fact, I hope you are. You must’ve thought we’d forgotten all about you. You must’ve believed that you could make a go of it, a new life in this icy beach town. I don’t blame…

May Edition: Chronicles of Jim and Other Stories

The Write Club magazine is getting bigger and better! Ten writers this time.  And a lot of good stories. You can find the link to it.  And my review follows:   But I shall go in order. And this time, I shall get a bit on the harsher side. The good as well as the…

The Vial (By Anil)

“This is truth, this is enlightenment” said Marcus, holding the vial up into the sunlight. The dark, musky room felt cleaner, brighter, warmer even, as though angels had refracted from the sunbeam. And then he clasped his fingers around the vial, and the light was gone. I’d gone to meet Marcus to get a bit…

Guru’s session on Addictions

Guru’s session dealt with all kinds of addictions, and its impact on literature.  His material had a very very exhaustive list! I am going to list it out just for the kicks: Alchohol. Tobacco, Opioids, Prescription drugs, Cocaine, Cannabis, Amphetiamines, Hallucinogens, Kleptomania (Stealing), Pyromania (Fire), Gambling, Food, Sex, Porn, Computers, Internet, Workaholic, Exercise, Spiritual Obsession,…

Peyotl (by Vaibhavi)

We call her Peyotl….the Sacred plant….she who watches over the tribe…. For us who worship her as a sacred being demands, she reveals the secret of life…The Truth is that nothing is ever what it seems at first glance… For the ignorant she is not sacred….she is a means to what only appears to be…

Dream Coasting (Vishal)

Year 2518 CE, Gliese 667 Cc. It was yet another day on the shorelines of Hydrologos- the largest ocean on the Planet Gliese 667Cc. The shores of the ocean were truly a unique location in the entire constellation. For it received constant light from its host star- the red dwarf Gliese 667C. The planet was…

The Gift of Maggie (By Anil)

It wasn’t a great tragedy that my birthday coincided with Diwali. The number of days where one could expect a present or a party was reduced from two to the one, true, but my parents made up for it. ‘Quantity over quality’ that is what they argued. ‘You will get the best birthday party (what…

Nikita’s session on O’Henry Endings and Sentimental Short Stories

We’ve all enjoyed the bitter-sweet taste of O’Henry tales, heart-breaking sacrifices that have gone brutally wasted, the cruel grip of a poverty that is almost romanticized, and the helpless beauty of love in the face of it. Nikita’s session this week tried to break down the breathtaking elements of this form of writing. Here is the material. Have fun writing it.
Oh…yes, and the artwork is mine (copied but hand-drawn).

The Redemption of Roger (By Arjun Shetty)

Roger had no skills, talents or truly admirable qualities. Roger had only one weakness. An unwavering hope that he would one day win the lottery. When Roger turned 21, Roger’s widowed and poor mother decided that she could no longer afford her son’s addiction to the lottery and lack of worthwhile ambitions. Roger’s mother decided…

Puff Piece (By Yedu)

There were baby rats peeking out of the homeless man’s rucksack. It was a wet January morning. The sun was barely up. Dew was barely forming. Clouds were barely visible. And yet, through all this obscurity in form, the very first thing to grace my vision in H fucking D were the wiggling pink colored…

Dinner Time (By Ankit)

Rohit was setting up the plates when Mahesh walked in. “Ah, finally you are here. No, no, don’t you dare sit. Care to help me out a bit?” Rohit said. “Ah, darn it,” Mahesh complained as he paused in the mid of crashing on the black leather sofa, and looked stupidly at him. “You know…

Ranjan’s session on Combat and Basics of Writing

For his session this Saturday, this geeky loon Ranjan actually turned up with a cane in his arms for the topic of Combat!  He brandished it around (all in good humor, of course), demanding blood and fist fights and and finally ‘please do not wuss out on me, guys’. Even his material (which you can…

Samurai vs Knight (by Ankit Jha)

What does one do when there is a crisis, no matter its intensity? Most people protect themselves. For Raul, the unpaid bills of the fleeing customers were a larger concern that the two tumbling bodies in the center of his inn. ‘Martha dear,’ he shouted, ‘Can you block the door and not let them leave…

Where is Ellen – Kartik Patiar

I opened my eyes with a startle and looked around the hut. It was immersed in an eerie darkness and that lone window on the east end of this dwelling brought in no moonlight – Of course it couldn’t, tonight was a no moon night. Tonight, was THE night. There were numerous times in the…

Amel’s session on Showing AND Telling

I admit I have a problem.  I talk excessively during my sessions.  And honestly, I was impressed that six people actually turned up at two as I requested.  Write club is actually getting some serious writers, I say.  But counting all the spirited discussions, we still started writing only at three. Here is the session…

The hot cup of Cappuccino! (Karthik Patiar)

It was the first day of college, I still remember meeting Shipra’s eyes and getting awed by their generous sparkle. The mahogany brown depths captured my imagination throughout the economics class on that very first day. I hadn’t even spoken to her on that day. You know every boy in class already had, and for…

Archana’s session on Romantic Loss and Love

Archana’s session on Romantic Love and Loss, encouraged trips into our own pasts that a lot of us would otherwise prefer not to take. I remember sitting in my spot under the tree, crying at least thrice just writing my piece. Well, Archana encouraged us to look at our own pain, to let go in…

Dissonance (By Yedu)

The Cliff side was a rather loud place that evening. The sun was silently reaching infirmity and screaming to the world at large in bright red. Ravi watched his wife speak. Words flowing out of her, his eyes following the intricate patterns her tongue made as it lashed about from inside her mouth. He thought…

Yedu’s session on Kafkesque

Yedu’s session on Kafkaesque, which happened three write clubs ago,  is something that is still being talked about. Yedu is a promising new entry to write club, with a cynical wit that is sharp and a nihilistic style that is painfully observant of human existence.  He’s not yet keyed in on the copy-paste culture,  and…

Meetup 333 – Devanshu’s session on Imaginary Friends…and Foes

Looks like this week’s session was a blast.  Three pieces already on their respective blogs.  Great job Devanshu, and I’m feeling terrible that I missed it.  Others can post their links in the comments. We’ve all seen imaginary friends in literature.  Hobbes, with his humorous wisdom, Algernon’s friend Bunbury (from Importance of Being Earnest) who…

Charmer of Devara and Other Stories

Check out the April Edition of the magazine for just Rs. 49.  Here is a summary of a the stories. Ell.P’s story, is a chilling tale of a woman at an asylum, who has forever been obsessed with 23:23, a particular time on the clock, that seems to be somehow related to her Siamese twins…

Meetup 332 – Anil’s session on Monologues

Monologues have always been seen as a poorer cousin of dialogues by us writers. With that introduction, Anil took us through a session that took us through various monologues in writing, essentially a quick primer to Shakespear.  The link to his material can be found below. My takeaway was essentially that monologues are tools used…

Welcome to Write Club

So we have survived 331 Meetups! From the conference room days, to the terrace of Sana Plaza, all of us have trudged through, and had a load of fun, if I may add, made friends, and most importantly, learnt to write. We don’t have any of our founding members with us anymore,  other than our…

Ignore that voice

Originally posted on Surreal Sentence:
? [What if the characters in a story realized they were in a story? This is a metafiction story in which the characters decide to stop listening to the writer.] Ed closed the door to his room behind him and pulled Bella into his arms. She gasped as if a…