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Maeniel



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 3:13 pm    Post subject: Writer's Group 10: Ostranenie Reply with quote

Taking five this time. Smile

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For those that don't know what the writer's group is, it's a group that (used to) meet every month. People sign up, then I'll give them a topic; once the topic is released, you'll have roughly one month to complete a short piece on that subject or in that style that is given. At the end, we vote on who we feel wrote the best while pertaining to the topic.

Ready? Set? GO! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me me me! ^_________^

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes! In time to sign-up this time!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. Asa
2. Tinu.
3. Talps
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Whee, didn't have to get on on a pity vote this time! Very Happy (Just kidding Wink)
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. Asa
2. Tinu.
3. Talps
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5. Spellingmistax


I am willing to drop out of my spot if anyone else wants in. No problem, I will only enter if the 5th spot cannot be filled.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

C'mon, peeps, who's gonna take me down in WG10? Just one more person...
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, a personal challenge by the reigning champion? You're totally goin' down, missy!

I'm in! Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yay, let's get this party started. Style challenge this time, no?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The theme is ostranenie, or defamiliarization! You task in this group is to force the audience to see something common in a strange or unfamiliar way. This technique forces you to alter the audience's perception of a concept, (often simple,) and look at it in complex or unfamiliar terms.

Some of the best examples come from science fiction and Russian literature. For example, Tolstoy wrote a story where the narrator was a horse and everything was told from the horse's point of view. Ostranenie can include the use of foreign language. This technique is most often used in poetry and plays, but it is often used in prose as well.

If it helps, Wordsworth's work in general is a good example. Also, Samuel Coleridge defined it like this: "To carry on the feelings of childhood into the powers of manhood; to combine the child’s sense of wonder and novelty with the appearances which every day for perhaps forty years had rendered familiar [. . .] this is the character and privilege of genius."

We'll have this due by January 31. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh wow... What a challenge! Razz
*Delves into the ideas pile*
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This will be interesting... I like creepiness. *rubs hands together and starts scheming...*
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BS: "...then insist you eat a brownie."
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In a stroke of brilliant irony, I was just talking about some excellent examples of this very thing to a fellow reader at work! Science fiction, indeed, is an exceptional place to find this sort of thing. Read "Eternity Road" by Jack McDevitt, he uses this several times to GREAT effect.

Now then, what to write...
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or... anything from the Twilight Zone.

My original idea won't work, so on to the phase of spontaneous generation!
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BS: "...then insist you eat a brownie."
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And I thought the last one was hard, you are a bad man Maeniel, a very bad man.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I won't be so quick this time :p

I have an idea now, but I need to write a story it fits into.
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