I was envisioning a framework wherein we begin with an idea - perhaps a blurb of several hundred words, describing a setting and/or an initial character. We could then 'pass it on' to whoever decides they have a few minutes and an idea, whereupon they would continue the thoughts, expound on them or branch off to another scene, another setting or developing another character. The initial portion could be anything the starter wants, and that exalted position could be passed about round-robin style.
- Perchance, is anyone still interested in such a thing? I am. Hell, if no one else is, I'll just start writing, when the time comes, I ain't proud.
- Is this worthy of guarding thru GoogleDocs, or some such mechanism? I'm not sure it would be easily handled thru such a medium, as it would be easier to just add a post, one after the other, so that we could read what's been posted so far and to gather a sense of continuity.
- WOuld it be a good idea to have a post in the thread to handle "the batting order", so no one steps on other writers' toes? I was thinking, you could sign in and add your name, and a time/date you'd need the board cleared. A writer could always sign in and give himself a day, when he knows he's going to write, and write it in word or another program, then cut and paste it into the next post to keep from tying up the thread or from cross-talking.
- it follows, then, that another thread would be for discussion of previous writing (Hey, that's not what the character would do!) (Hey, that was good) (Hey, what would the character do if...?) - that sort of thing.
- Then what? If we think it's wrapped up enough, we can guide it toward a conclusion, perchance.
- would we have different styles? "You betcha!", in the words of Sarah Palin. Would that be good? Yes, most probably, as we'd have a fullness and richness of ideas.
- would we expect a full publishable story? Doubtful, at least until we start to click. Would we have a coherent story? Possible so. Would we learn a lot from each other? I have no doubt but that we would.
- I forsee a time line of a reasonable length, but not necessarily specified or written in Mithril. We can discuss how it's going inj the discussion thread. If it's about to die, we write, "And a big tree falls on everyone and they die", and start again.
- Is this what you all might have expected? Or am I missing something? I doubt that we'd want to chop it up into tiny bits (Hey, Kerrz, the character just opened his mouth, what would he say?), as we'd want to finish an idea or scene, and break it up in logical places. But I doubt we'd want to go on and on for a dozen pages before handing it off.
- And I don't think we'd specialize (RJ, you're better at describing scenery, put something in here).
I'm running this up the flagpole to see who salutes. If you want to start this way, then branch off into more serious partitioning of work for another project, I'm tickled pink.