2018 WRITE: Exercises for a 3D writers workshop: place and characters

Exercises for a 3D writers workshop:place and characters Writers of Nara’s Nook are developing a writer’s workshop designed to help writers or groups of writers practice some of the skills needed.  This section deals with ideation and character development.  Starting view in the werewolf sceneThe first area of the workshop is available in 3DWebWorldz.(Instructions below)A similar version will soon be available at Nara’s Nook online Writer’s ColonyWriter’s workshop plansWriter’s 3D online workshop: Meet in your browser. Meet in a story scene. Working together apart.An interactive, social 3D writer’s workshop in a browser. And how to mix workshop with interactive fiction.The developing writer’s workshop in 3DWebWorldz: Video conversationsMetaverse events, recent and upcomingHYPERGRIDABLE grids open 24/7: Interactive spreadsheet for Hypergridders.Events on the Hypergrid: HYPEventsHypergrid DestinationsIMA Social Web and Virtual World Events, Music, and Meeting CalendarHYPERGRID EVENTSOpenSimWorld EventsEntertainment on the HypergridOpensim AAM Virtual PerformersPromotion for virtual worlds and everything in ’emVORTEX VISIONS: Keepers of the Stone Paperback by Yvonne M DeBandiSelby’s daily events and news collection: Virtual worlds are real Comedy Videos from the virtual worldsWeb-world videosMetaverse places and activitiesInstitute for New ParadigmsList of Social VR/Virtual Worlds by Ryan SchultzSearch this blog with the search bar, upper left.Hypergrid Writer’s CommunityMetaverse Jobs; Job ListingsIMA projects3D WEBSITES A2Z3D web-worlds of the browser (G+ community) Web-worlds, 3D virtual worlds running in a browser. SummaryVirtual Outworlding news collection Destination guide: OpenSimWorldHyperica, Directory of Opensimulator hypergrid destinationsWELCOME TO SEANCHAI LIBRARIESHypergrid-related articles in this blog***********************************************************************************************************How to get to the workshopGo to 3DWebWorldzYou can log in as a guest–no registration, no password.If you don’t choose a destination, you will start at the 0rientation Room.  There are instructions there about how to move around and interact.To go 3D, click the 3D area.  Move the mouse, press the arrow keys, press Page Up and Page Down.Get a feel for what these controls doTo leave the 3D mode, press Esc. Mouse over the buttons at lower left, read what they do.Find the one that offers teleport directory:  Click that.Scroll down, looking for Writers Swamp.  Click that to enter it.3DWW is social VW. How to start***********************************BackstoryWriting groups upload free OARS, creating a fictional world.They use these worlds for practice of specific writing skills.For scene development, they will use role-playing in the environment.For plot development, they will find idea packages and develop plots.For character development, they will choose characters and enact them in role play.Nara’s Nook Virtual Writer’s Colony will start the workshops.They will add exercises and suggestions to stimulate ideas for visitors.Working the workshopOn close inspection, some objects will have floating text.  A click on one of these may give you an idea to work on.With a groupGather a group of people interested in practicing the skills of writing.Bring them in and give them an exercise.By yourselfIf you find an exercise that suits you, do Part 1.  Try to get a few friends to join you in doing Part 2Or do Part 1 several If you find a story idea interesting develop it a bit to see where it goes. Role play exercise 1 on a new world (RP) IdeationYou are a group of investigators studying this world (think of Myst).Part 1 (individual) answer these questions in your notesHow did this place come to be?What characters played a major role in creating this place?What characters are here a lot?What was the regular pattern of activities here?What might have happened to disrupt it?What new character might have appeared and disrupted the regular pattern?Save your notesPart 2. (group)  Gather and share notes (in voice)Each player distributes notes (from Part 1) to the othersEach player presents answers in voice (as an investigator)The group responds as investigators, asking questions or offering suggestions.The group prepares a summary of the observations (which need not agree).Those who cannot make the meeting get a copy of the summary.Part 2. (Solo) Imagine a trio of your favorite detectives discussing your findings.  What do they say? Role play Exercise 2: Characters  IndividualPick an interesting character that fits with this place or clashes with it.Role play the characterWhy would you come here?Who else do you find here?  Which of these characters is most important to you?  Why?What is your most important goal now?Save your notes.Group (in voice and in character)Pick the strongest characters from the individual suggestionsEach strong character gives his or her answers to the questions above.Characters with answers that fit together move to stand next to each other.(Fit together may mean have shared goals or have clashing goals.)When characters have answers that don’t fit together, they move farther apart.Subgroup: confer privately with others whose answers fit with yours. (Make notes on the subgroup conference.)If you can’t get a group, use part 2 (solo) above. Story SeedsWriters of Greyville: Story seeds: The last werewolf of Blanken, Part 1Writers of Greyville: Story seeds: The last werewolf of Blanken, Part 2Writers of Nara’s Nook: Story seeds: The last werewolf of Blanken, Part 3Writers of Nara’s Nook: Story seeds: The last werewolf of Blanken, Part 4 Place-based exercisesWW: Writing Workshop: Places tell stories: IdeationWriting Workshop 2: For every place there is a story: Ideation Story-telling in 3DHow to put an interactive story in a 3D web page on 3DWebWorldzAn interactive, social 3D writer’s workshop in a browser. And how to mix workshop with interactive fiction. BackgroundThe writing communities of the virtual worlds. What do they offer to writers?Writer’s workshop in your browser: Virtual field trip *********************************************************LicenseOriginal text in this blog is CC By: unless specified public domainUse as you please with attribution: link to the original.All images without attribution in this blog are CC0: public domain.*********************************Drop by my web office Weekdays: 12:-12:30 Central time  (US)Cybalounge, entry place/We can also visit 3DWebWorldz, a professionally-built world. Mondays we focus on learning/library/museums.Tuesdays we focus on writing and I will also be in 3DWebWorldz.Wednesdays we focus on promoting your project, using this blog.Fridays we may focus on grants, contracts, business, and web-worlds.Don’t register — enter as guest.  If you see no one, click the pointed push-pin (bottom line) to find me.Look on the Public tab for places that have people in themI am Thinkerer Melville in Second Life, Selby Evans in KitelyWeb-worlds, 3D virtual worlds running in a browser. 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