Creative Writing Prompt for March 2

Saturday, Feb 11, 2017
The 3 a.m. Epiphany

Our Creative Writing Group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. We are working through the exercises in Brian Kiteley's The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction. The assignment for March 2 is Different Strokes - 151.

Place two characters in circumstances that each thinks is a game (with serious consequences). Here's the rub: Each character thinks she is playing a different type of game, according to Caillois' distinctions (or simply according to two games you make up yourself), although both are involved in the exact same activity. The players see the activitiy in different terms, one as a game of chance (like poker or even fantasy baseball games--which rely on the daily statistics of players chosen from current baseball players); another thinks he's playing a game of mimicry or role-playing. 700 words

How realistic is this? We often find ourselves unconsciously playing life by certain arbitrary rules--but do other people close to us know what these rules are? Is there an instinctive reaction to join in a game even if you only dimly know the rules? We are creatures of play and games. Children use play to learn how to become adults. How do adults use play--to become children again?

Come with six copies of your completed assignment to share. We'll discuss and provide feedback. First time? Feel free to come and observe before jumping in.