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Creative Writing Challenge #25: Tied Together

Oct 25, 2017
638
Bad Soden am Taunus
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Theme: Tied Together


Word Limit: 2500

Submission Deadline Friday, January 25th by 11:59 PM Pacific

Voting begins: Saturday, January 26th, and goes until Monday, 28th at 11:59 PM Pacific.

Optional Secondary Objective: Cooperation

Here's how it's gonna work. Everyone who wants to do the secondary has to declare this in the thread until Thursday (January 10th) night (PST). I will then create random pair-ups and those two people get to write their story together. Pairs will also get double the word count, so 5000 words. Should we have an uneven number of participants we'll make a group of three and they'll get a whooping 7500 words to work with. The writing period will also be extended one week.

As for how the writing collaborating might work in general. I feel like the wisdom Cyan once shared still applies.

It probably depends most on the working styles of the two writers, but I'm envisioning something like this:
-"meet up" on IRC or google video chat or some such to talk through plot ideas
-hash out the basic structure of the story, divvy up resposibilities
-write the story in a shared Google Doc so each person can see what the other is doing/has done
-when it's complete, each writer does a full edit passthrough to get the voices to kind of meet in the middle

There are other ways. The novel Sorcery and Cecelia, which is an epistolary story where two characters exchange letters, was written by Pat Wrede and Caroline Stevermer literally just exchanging letters as though they were the characters, and then compiling them into a book when they were done. You might have multiple POVs where each writer writes one character's POV and they have distinct voices, and you trade scenes and comment on each other's stuff. You might literally sit down together and do all the writing as a pair (I can't imagine this working for me). You might both be discovery writers and go in different directions, then find a way to make it all meld.

Could be anything!
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Nov 1, 2017
2,030
#5
So, does that mean I'm signing you two up?
I've enjoyed this one in the past, but I don't trust myself enough right now to be a reliable partner this go-around. So it's going to be a "no" for me. :-/ If I write anything at all, it'll be a victory.
 
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Nezumi
Oct 25, 2017
638
Bad Soden am Taunus
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I've enjoyed this one in the past, but I don't trust myself enough right now to be a reliable partner this go-around. So it's going to be a "no" for me. :-/ If I write anything at all, it'll be a victory.
Well, working with someone else might actually work as an incentive, but I also totally understand your reasoning. Hope to read something from you soon either way :)
 

Mike

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,652
Greater Seattle Area
#9
Congrats, it's been entirely too long since you won.

Last year we missed out on a whole bunch of annual tradition threads... I don't think we did an anonymous challenge, we didn't do a team-up challenge, I didn't get to do my mandatory deadlines challenge...
 
Oct 25, 2017
2,674
#10
I think I might submit this round, as I've had enough time to let things settle and work a bit on other things.

However, I think I'll be a bit of a party pooper and work individually. I hope that doesn't disrupt the fun this round too much.
 
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Nezumi
Oct 25, 2017
638
Bad Soden am Taunus
#11
Congrats, it's been entirely too long since you won.

Last year we missed out on a whole bunch of annual tradition threads... I don't think we did an anonymous challenge, we didn't do a team-up challenge, I didn't get to do my mandatory deadlines challenge...
Well, good thing that we seem to be off to a better start already this year.
I think I might submit this round, as I've had enough time to let things settle and work a bit on other things.

However, I think I'll be a bit of a party pooper and work individually. I hope that doesn't disrupt the fun this round too much.
Nah, individual entries are just as welcome.
 
Oct 27, 2017
4,411
#14
*hits watch thread*

I keep forgetting to partake in the creative writing challenge, but I'm going to make sure I don't miss this one. Might be a slightly interesting one to jump into for the first one, but hey, it will be fun to see if I still know how to write. ^__^
 
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Nezumi
Oct 25, 2017
638
Bad Soden am Taunus
#15
*hits watch thread*

I keep forgetting to partake in the creative writing challenge, but I'm going to make sure I don't miss this one. Might be a slightly interesting one to jump into for the first one, but hey, it will be fun to see if I still know how to write. ^__^
Welcome! Do I read this right that you are up to join in on the secondary?
 
Oct 27, 2017
4,411
#16
Welcome! Do I read this right that you are up to join in on the secondary?
It would be hitting the ground running to try the secondary as my first challenge here, but I can give it a fair shot since it could let me explore a different means to thinking when writing. ^__^
 
Oct 25, 2017
4,367
#17
I really wanted to find a version of this that instead of saying "the girl you love." was "The one you love" but alas I can't.

but the secondary makes me think the theme should be
:P
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,724
#19
I'm going to throw it out there for newish people on the fence about the secondary, being paired up with a more veteran member might be nice because they offer a bit of a safety net in case things go awry.
 

Mike

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,652
Greater Seattle Area
#20
1.) Team up with someone.
2.) Browbeat them into writing the story I want to write.
3.) Offer to do the editing.
4.) Rewrite everything they wrote
5.) Praise the power of teamwork
 
Oct 25, 2017
4,367
#22
(Seriously, though, the team up challenges have always been pretty cool, and Nezumi can attest I'm not... not good... at being a partner)
I've heard from multiple sources that you are "So good." "So much better than I am." "Amazing." "You should read his work because it will help you."
It's hard to be a good partner when you are literally so much better than everyone else :P
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,724
#24
I've heard from multiple sources that you are "So good." "So much better than I am." "Amazing." "You should read his work because it will help you."
It's hard to be a good partner when you are literally so much better than everyone else :P
You say that, but I did a collab with a user Red and he's a fantastic writer and im pretty alright myself and the process was kinda a mess.
 
Oct 25, 2017
4,367
#25
You say that, but I did a collab with a user Red and he's a fantastic writer and im pretty alright myself and the process was kinda a mess.
My jokelement obviously missed a bit :P
but yeah any time you put two people together with strong ideas it's hard to get along :P
 
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Nezumi
Oct 25, 2017
638
Bad Soden am Taunus
#26
(Seriously, though, the team up challenges have always been pretty cool, and Nezumi can attest I'm not... not good... at being a partner)
Nah, I mean our respective schedules fucked us over a bit on that one, but all things considered I think we were on a cool track. We only needed like another two weeks and, I don't know, a couple of thousands words more :D
 
Oct 25, 2017
4,367
#29
Here's hoping everyone's schedules are compatible cause oh boy I have a lot of stuff happening next week.....
I have like 2 hours free on sunday, monday and tuesday mornings from like 12am to 2am :P

either way i need to build up a nano buffer on my main project so that's my focus for a while.
 
Oct 29, 2017
341
#38
I think my time zone puts me at a disadvantage with this secondary. Plus my couple of ideas so far don’t really extend beyond 2500 words.
 
Oct 25, 2017
4,367
#40
I think my time zone puts me at a disadvantage with this secondary. Plus my couple of ideas so far don’t really extend beyond 2500 words.
The issue for me is always the same issue that I have, my weekends are stupid busy making reading the entries in a timely manner nearly impossible. (including time to sleep and eat I'm typically booked from 6am saturday until like 10pm on sunday lol)

I mean I don't have a lot of time to write either, so I wouldn't be a great partner, but I'm not a bad person to bounce ideas off of, and while my writing skills have been stagnating and not improving like I want, I think my editing skills have gotten a bit better *shrugs*
 
Oct 29, 2017
1,212
#41
So, what about all those other regulars, Conkersbadfurday , Dongs Macabre , cheese toast , Eternal Song are you up for the secondary?

And also W-00 , is that a yes or a no on the secondary for you?
I might pass on this one as I'm hitting some rocky parts of the book I'm editing and don't expect to have time. Since I can't promise anything, I don't want to saddle myself with someone and then not deliver.

It's a neat secondary though.
 

weemadarthur

Community Resettler
Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,812
#42
Goes to edit Archive

Sees “last edited” time in October

Freaks out

Remembers NaNo happened

Relief



i don’t think i can partner
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,724
#43
I think my time zone puts me at a disadvantage with this secondary. Plus my couple of ideas so far don’t really extend beyond 2500 words.
i don’t think i can partner
Partnering really isn't that bad. In my experience, it was mostly me and another person sharing messages (we rarely if ever chatted at the same time) and just organizing a basic ass idea and then leap frogging off one another until we were done. It's really not as scary as it initially sounds.
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,724
#45
My idea is for an epistolary piece, so time zones would be completely moot.
That's a neat way to do it. I remember one time me and my partner did one where we switched character's perspectives, going from one to the next and we each wrote our own person with some agreed upon plot points so that we both knew where the plot was moving.
 
Oct 27, 2017
4,411
#46
I think my time zone puts me at a disadvantage with this secondary. Plus my couple of ideas so far don’t really extend beyond 2500 words.
Perhaps it might be a good idea that for those of us who are doing the "Secondary" that we do identify where exactly we are. Could be slightly difficult to do the cooperative writing if you have focus in different parts of the world (or a situation where by the time someone gets off work, someone else already called it a night).

My idea is for an epistolary piece, so time zones would be completely moot.
An epistolary novel is a novel written as a series of documents. The usual form is letters, although diary entries, newspaper clippings and other documents are sometimes used. ... The epistolary form can add greater realism to a story, because it mimics the workings of real life.
I knew I was probably going to join writers that have far more experience than I do, but I never thought I would be so intimidated by just one word. Now I'm just excited to hopefully learn from you guys to hopefully motive me to finish my first story. ^__^
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,878
San Francisco
#47
I knew I was probably going to join writers that have far more experience than I do, but I never thought I would be so intimidated by just one word. Now I'm just excited to hopefully learn from you guys to hopefully motive me to finish my first story. ^__^
Luckily Mike is the fun kind of intimidating.
 
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