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Re: Hey Sam! I was wondering...
Posted By: Travholt, on host
Date: Monday, October 15, 2001, at 09:28:06
In Reply To: Re: Hey Sam! I was wondering... posted by Grishny on Monday, October 15, 2001, at 07:11:19:

> We need to determine our genre. We also
> need to determine if we're going to be doing a
> parody of something, or a serious story with
> humorous references thrown in. These kinds
> of things might help determine how long it
> should be and what constitutes a "cycle."

Myself, I'd like the latter. As I mentioned before, I want it to be serious writing. And by that I don't mean non-humorous -- but if I'm going to participate, I want to do some "real" writing (not claiming I'll do a good job, though), so I don't think I want to take part in making a parody thing. I'm having a hard time expressing my feelings here, but I think it's because I want to make something *genuine*, start with a clean sheet, if you see what I mean. Writing a parody is like drawing moustaches on movie posters, while writing something entirely new is like drawing your *own* poster from scratch. Of course, in a project like this, you'll have to work with what other people have done before you, but it's still unique.

> I do not think zipping it is a good idea, unless
> we're all able to be on the same type of
> system. StuffIt for Macintosh and WinZip for
> PC are not very compatible in my experience.

StuffIt unzips just as well as any other unzipping utility these days. A new version came out a short while back. And there's DropZip, too, so zipping it back won't be a problem, either.

> Oh, and one more thing I just thought about. I
> think we ought to limit the number of authors
> to four or five people.

An idea: We seem to be enough people for two groups, then, so if we find that we divide naturally into wanting to write two kinds of stories (like "parody vs. serious" mentioned above, or anything else), that should be fine.

> I think five would be a good number, and
> perhaps we could come up with some sort of
> rule that if the story lays idle for too long, a set
> period of time like say, a month, then the
> procrastinating author "loses a turn" and the
> story gets passed on to the next author in the
> page. We'd all have to stay in communication
> for this to work.

Sounds like a good idea. Alternatively, the procrastinators could have a go after their overtakers are done, but with an even shorter time limit (like two weeks, for example). If then they don't write anything, they'll have to wait until it's their regular turn again.

> Gri"am I overthinking this?"shny

Planning is always good. This is a sort of thing that *should* be planned thoroughly, if you ask me -- as it's not spontaneous anyway. Planning shouldn't hinder creativity, though.

I hope I can manage to write good enough... I know my English is pretty good, but fictional writing is something entirely on another level than chatting and writing forum posts. But that's part of the reason why I want to participate: I know it'll be a good exercise.

Trav"It was a bright, sunny morning..."holt.

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