• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic

writing collaborative fiction  RSS feed

 
evan l pierce
Lab Ant
pollinator
Posts: 750
Location: ava, ant village
618
chicken duck forest garden greening the desert hugelkultur hunting solar wofati woodworking
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I'm in the mood to write some collaborative fiction. Any permies here interested?

There's many different ways to go about this process.

Roleplaying, ala Dungeons and Dragons, or DnD, is a common way to create collaborative fiction. With DnD and variants thereof, there's usually a pretty specific set of rules that both the Dungeon Master, or DM, and the players are obliged to abide by. If anyone has any experience with DMing and wants to start up a forum-based game, I'd be down for making a character and joining your game.

Another more free-form format might be what I'd like to call Environment and Individuals, or EnI. One participant, (probably with the largest time commitment,) is the Environment, E, and is responsible for describing the milieu, the actions of non-player-characters, etc., and has a great deal of influence over the plot arc. E has the final say when it comes to deciding whether or not a post is appropriate and has the power to redact posts that violate their interpretation of universal laws or ask other participants to make edits to better fit into their idea of what will make a good story. E has great power, but also great responsibility, and must balance the need for a coherent story with the creativity of all participants. One or more other participants each play as an Individual, I, responsible only for the actions of their individual character constrained by the circumstances of their environment. Before beginning, the participants agree on a setting and perhaps some guidelines for character creation, but many things will only be hashed out through the course of writing and re-writing. If anyone is interested in this format, I'd be up for taking on either an I or E role.

There are other even more free-form formats for collaborative fiction writing, and if anyone has a specific one in mind or just wants to jump in and start writing something without any specific format at all, more power to you and I'll try my best to follow along. One rule, as always: be nice.
 
Judith Browning
Posts: 5909
Location: Arkansas Ozarks zone 7 alluvial,black,deep loam/clay with few rocks, wonderful creek bottom!
365
bike chicken fungi trees urban woodworking
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
This sounds like a lot of fun.....count me in It sounds like something that would stretch my comfort zone a bit and that's a good thing.
 
evan l pierce
Lab Ant
pollinator
Posts: 750
Location: ava, ant village
618
chicken duck forest garden greening the desert hugelkultur hunting solar wofati woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Cool! Thanks for volunteering, Judith!

Is there any particular format you might prefer to use? Any setting that particularly calls to you? How much realism? How much fantasy?

I'm just making this up as I go along, with this EnI format, and I figured what about the opposite, too? So, here's a microcosmic garden-scale variant: InE (Individual(s) and Environment) where the Individual(s), I is a permaculture project, (perhaps participants agree to use a real-life farm from the projects forum or some well-known farm or piece of land) and E is environmental forces, (weeds, wildlife, daily weather, the market, the department of sad, etc.)

 
Judith Browning
Posts: 5909
Location: Arkansas Ozarks zone 7 alluvial,black,deep loam/clay with few rocks, wonderful creek bottom!
365
bike chicken fungi trees urban woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
evan l pierce wrote:Cool! Thanks for volunteering, Judith!

Is there any particular format you might prefer to use? Any setting that particularly calls to you? How much realism? How much fantasy?

I'm just making this up as I go along, with this EnI format, and I figured what about the opposite, too? So, here's a microcosmic garden-scale variant: InE (Individual(s) and Environment) where the Individual(s), I is a permaculture project, (perhaps participants agree to use a real-life farm from the projects forum or some well-known farm or piece of land) and E is environmental forces, (weeds, wildlife, daily weather, the market, the department of sad, etc.)



I'm a blank slate when it comes to this idea, so I plan to watch and learn.......I have always loved reading both science fiction and fantasy.....not stuck there though.
 
evan l pierce
Lab Ant
pollinator
Posts: 750
Location: ava, ant village
618
chicken duck forest garden greening the desert hugelkultur hunting solar wofati woodworking
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Some possible settings I would be willing to try to orchestrate:

EnI-1. formation of husp, eastern north america, sometime between 1492-1812, fairly realistic historical tech but individual player-characters and key non-player-characters have knacks that blur the line between peak human ability and fantasy

EnI-2. collapse, north america, sometime between 2012-2042, fairly realistic modern tech but with increasingly sci-fi aspects

EnI-3. super permies, earth, sometime between 1969-2012, fairly realistic modern tech except that individual player-characters and key non-player-characters have fantastic super powers

EnI-4. middle earth is a green dragon, somewhere between the shire and mordor, tolkien-esque fantasy

If any of these sound interesting, or if anyone has any other suggestions, feel free to join in. The more the merrier. Maybe I'll start a poor-mans poll if there's enough interest.
 
Landon Sunrich
pollinator
Posts: 1703
Location: Western Washington
21
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Ah, hahaha! I'm going to have to check back in on this thread. Maybe next winter?
 
Dave Burton
pollinator
Posts: 1026
Location: Greater Houston, TX US Hardy:9a Annual Precipitation: 44.78" Wind:13.23mph Temperature:42.5-95F
109
bike books forest garden tiny house transportation urban
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
That sounds like fun! Back in middle school, we played a version of this in the computer lab. Everybody wrote one line in one minute, and then everyone moved one space over and added one line to the next story. By the end of it, we had thirty or so stories, each as funny and interesting as the next. In theatre improv, we have a more sporadic version called One-Word Stories. In this collaborative effort, there are two teams, and each team takes a turn contributing one word to the story. They are given ten fifteen seconds to say the next word. As usual, the stories are very entertaining to watch and listen to.
 
D. Logan
gardener
Posts: 586
Location: Soutwest Ohio
100
books food preservation forest garden rabbit tiny house
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
How would turns work here on the forums? Would each person just take a turn posting, or would they PM the environment player with their character's actions and that person then combines everything into each new round of things going on in the manner of Play by Email games?
 
Landon Sunrich
pollinator
Posts: 1703
Location: Western Washington
21
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
There are so many free online resources and software and apps or whatever the technical terms are for DD and GURPS and all of it. They allow people to play together across great distance. Or where asking about how the writing stuff together would work? I would guess small project groups (focusing on a particular world, place, or adventure) and email.
 
evan l pierce
Lab Ant
pollinator
Posts: 750
Location: ava, ant village
618
chicken duck forest garden greening the desert hugelkultur hunting solar wofati woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
D. Logan, I'd be up for any of the above. In the past I've played on forums with folks where we each posted our own character's actions from their own perspective and in the event of a discrepancy whoever was posting for the NPCs/environment would just explain away mistaken perspectives and explain what really happened. If the story was good enough after the fact it could be compiled and potentially reformatted. The pace was slow enough as it was without having to pm the DM. Is there any particular format you'd prefer?

Landon, are there any particular resources you have experience with that you could recommend?

As far as the setting, I think I'm most interested in an alt-history early husp scenario. Has anyone here read Orson Scott Card's Alvin Maker series?
 
Landon Sunrich
pollinator
Posts: 1703
Location: Western Washington
21
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Evan, I would have to go way back into my memory banks to a time where I was actually competent with technology. Quite a bit has changed since then. But yeah, I'll do some reminiscing with friends here at some point soon and then pass on the relevant links.
 
evan l pierce
Lab Ant
pollinator
Posts: 750
Location: ava, ant village
618
chicken duck forest garden greening the desert hugelkultur hunting solar wofati woodworking
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Just discovered StoryNexus, a (seemingly-simple-to-use, powerful, collaborative, free!) publishing platform for choose-your-own-adventure stories. I'm now thinking it would be fun to make a permaculture-themed interactive story game using this toolset. Advantages might include: gui (graphic user interface, no coding necessary,) broaden our audience, (infect more minds with permaculture,) replayability (don't like how things turned out the first time through? try again and make different choices next time,) monetization potential (if we make a beautiful story game and offer compelling premium content, people might even give us money, hope springs eternal.)

Anyway, here's the link, www.storynexus.com. Are folks still interested in collaborating to create some permie fiction? Does using the storynexus platform seem like a good idea?
 
His brain is the size of a cherry pit! About the size of this ad:
FT Position Available: Affiliate Manager Who Loves Permaculture & Homesteading
https://permies.com/t/69742/FT-Position-Affiliate-Manager-Loves
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!