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February 20, 2013


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Crazy writing idea

scribbledink Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I have been thinking of a crazy book writing idea... I remember playing games around the camp fire and long car rides when you tell a story and pass it around letting each person add their part and change the story. Well, my idea simply builds upon that same principal. I have slightly modified it but I would like to find 4 other authors and do the same type of action of passing the story every 10-15 pages and then all meet at the end of the book and as a whole create an ending to the story. It is a simple plan but I want to take a different swing at a book writing idea.

What do you think of this idea?

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FanaticalPublishing Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
The word for that is a 'Round Robin'; I've seen other people do it, I even took part in one; it turned out pretty well.

If you want it to not look like a round robin(for example, if you want to try to have it published) then have one person edit it, smooth out the differences.
StickMenCreation Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
It sounds like a great idea! How about just giving it a try? You could treat it as an experiment. After all, you will benefit from the experience of breaking away from traditional format, and may discover something totally new in the process.
Dreamworld88 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student Writer
What if you had each author write the story for a different character's viewpoint? That way the character wouldn't seem different each 15 pages.
merrak Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist
I think `raspil and ~KyteGlory have the best point here. I think it's a good "let's learn something/practice/have fun!" idea - so certainly worth doing. But if your sole purpose is to produce something for readers, I think you're doing it for the wrong reason.
JeffandWilbur Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013   Writer
I like the idea a lot. Personally, I can't see how something can be "fun for writers and boring for readers" as the emotion put into writing something reflects on the readers, but that's probably just because I have no idea what I'm talking about. Potentially (not factoring your linguistic and story-building skills), you could spawn a more digestible version of that godawful "39 Clues" series that had many authors working together.
tl;dr just go with it. It sounds alright and you never know.
AircatSkylion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with KyteGlory. It would be very enjoyable for the writers but wouldn't create a good story.
scribbledink Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student General Artist
I wanted to first meet in a group and set the scene and cast of main characters. I would then do the transition stage with writers of different styles to try and bring the book to a well rounded style. In end I would then like to meet again and decipher the ending as a group and edit the story as a whole. I am not sure it would work but I always try to think of what has not been done or is in all fact different from the normal trends of what is popular or normal.
KyteGlory Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
It's essentially roleplaying at a massive word count.
Like all roleplaying, it's great for the writers and horrible for the readers. You might have fun. You could potentially learn a ton. But the story you produce is bound to have a broken plot, schizophrenic storytelling, and an overall lack of cohesion. So it's good for practice, but bad for your resume. Mind, it's perfectly fine if you want to do it just for fun and experience. Just don't expect that you'll turn out a masterpiece.

One thing I have seen done that tends to work out is when authors each contribute a short story to a single theme or overall narrative. Since each author's contribution is self-contained, it avoids most of the problems that arise when authors who don't share a mind try to share a story, but there's still the sense of building off one-another and creating a greater whole.
carusmm Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
too dumb for words.
raspil Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013   Writer
try it.  what's the worst that could happen?  it doesn't work or it does but either way you're learning something.
Hurricaneclaw Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You could do something like get two or three people to plan, two or three to write drafts, and one or two to polish it over and make sure it flows. That's the best way I can think of it, but unless there's one person leading it all it's probably not gonna turn out.
fyoot Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013   Writer
Get some people you know enough and trust enough to ensure the project doesn't stall, and prepare to argue loads in the editing stage
vglory Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Round robins can be fun but they almost never result in a book worth reading.
Green-EyedTiger Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Stoneman has a good point. Perhaps you could have 5 people do the planning and only one writes the final version? That way it can be in one writing style but still be a collab of sorts.
stoneman123 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's pretty crazy, alright. I don't think this is a good idea, for multiple reasons. First of all, such a method would require a certain lack of planning, making for a rambling, incoherent narrative. Further, in the words of John Steinbeck, "There are no good collaborations." While that's not necessarily true, he has a point; namely, the more writers or artists you bring in on a project, the more inconsistencies you will have from their individual styles and writing choices clashing with each other.
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