| Wordspill: An exercise in motivation |
Wordspill is a group designed to offer motivation for any level of writer who wants to get words on a page. If you're stuck in a writer's block or just need something to get you going, Wordspill's prompts are here to help!
Wordspills and Scrubups:
A lot of the difficulty in moving words from the mind to the page is in overcoming the self-editor within. If you've ever started a story without being 100% sure of where it's ending up, or even where the middle will be, you'll know what we mean. It's often the case that you might think an idea is too outrageous, or a character too wooden, or a scenario too implausible, and you'll scrap it without fulling exploring the possibilities. Our aim is to flick off that little horned self-editor that sits on your shoulders and let you unleash whatever ideas you might have. How are we going to do that? Well, step one is 'wordspills'.
Wordspills is the name we've given to act of writing without knowing what exactly what you're writing. How do you do that? Simple!
Step 1: Make sure that your environment is clam and undisturbed; play music that will help you to concentrate, and seat yourself in a room where you can write freely without distraction.
Step 2: Open up what ever programme it is you use to write: Word, Notepad, etc.
Step 3: Change your font colour to whatever the background colour is (by default, this is usually white).
Step 4: Following the monthly prompt in whatever way you see fit, write uninhibited for 10 minutes in a font colour invisible to you (i.e. white). Try your hardest not to change the colour to black until your 10 minutes are up!
Step 5: Relax
Anything from here on in is optional. The purpose of Wordspill is not to help you to create a masterpiece, but rather to motivate writers to write. Just getting the words down can be difficult!
Step 6: Time for the scrub up! Change the font back to a colour that you can read by, and copypaste the original text into a space below what you just wrote. Go carefully over your piece and change anything that you feel needs changing- maybe add some, lose some; beef up your characters, add some description, fix grammar, change sentence structures, whatever you feel needs doing!. Scrub it up as clean as you feel is necessary. It's likely that sentences you would have scrapped if you'd been writing in clear black font will look better to you with a near-finished piece. If this true, gloat a little!
Step 7: Once you've scrubbed up your piece, chuck both the wordspill and, if you've done it, the resulting scrub-up into a deviation and upload it. Note Wordspill with your piece and we'll add it to our list to be featured in a news article every fortnight.
Please remember that steps 6 & 7 are optional; you can send in your piece completed piece without doing either of these steps.
Step 8: Go to the gallery folder of this month's spill, and click the plus sign to submit your selected work. Pieces in the wrong gallery will either go unnoticed or, if noticed, snarled at and deleted. Pieces that do an especially good job of scrubbing up will receive honourable mentions, garnering you fame, hot men/women, and loads of cash. Well, perhaps not any of those things, but how does the chance to pick one of the upcoming themes grab you? Sold? Excellent.
There are no prizes for having the 'best' piece. This is to motivate you and get those ideas out on a page. If you end up with something great, then so much the better!
Please include the name of the prompt and our icon/name in your artist's comments prior to submitting; this will make things much easier.