September 2017: The tail end

Pushing personal boundaries to experiment with different types of endings proved to be a productive exercise.

Hunter Story Creators

Tonight we did a writing exercise that Sally brought in by the Magic Violinist called How to End a Story.

Before we started we identified that we all had our preferred types of endings. ‘Ambiguous’ was popular within our group, as was ‘bittersweet’. We agreed we rarely write tragic or happy endings. The exercise intended to challenge ourselves by writing an ending type that we wouldn’t usually do.

The exercise talked about 4 different types of story endings:

  1. The “happily ever after” ending
  2. The tragic ending
  3. The ambiguous ending
  4. The bittersweet ending

We started all our stories with the same phrase: “The lizard was enormous, at least three feet long. It also wasn’t in its tank.” We had to write the ending first, in a style that challenged us. Then we had 10 minutes to complete the exercise.

Iguana, Watch, Lizard, Reptile, Animal, Dragon, Scale Image by http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/Animal-Scale-Iguana-Lizard-Watch-Reptile-Dragon-2039719

We learnt that we often gravitate towards a preferred…

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Creative energy and the Writers Retreat

A weekend away on a writers retreat with a group of creative friends is a perfect way to inspire your stories.

Hunter Story Creators

We had our second ever writers retreat on the weekend: two nights in a shared house at Boomerang Beach.

The relaxed environment and like-minded company allowed the creative energy to flow. We all felt inspired, received incidental support with our writing when we needed it, and had uninterrupted hours of writing.

That’s one of the best things about a writers retreat: it gives you physical distance from home. Many of us have busy lives with family, work and caring for others and this writers retreat took us away from those demanding environments and allowed us to free our minds. We noticed the things around us and make connections that would otherwise be missed, such as tuning forks and echidnas.

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