Story Ideas - Round Two

Discussion in 'Collaborative Stories' started by Eldanuumea, Sep 24, 2003.

  1. Eldanuumea

    Eldanuumea Mod Lady

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    Here's a fresh thread in which to kick around story ideas, comment on stories already underway, etc. etc.
     
  2. Rocket Sheep

    Rocket Sheep I AM too a mod! Staff Member

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    Er... Jacquin... I really want to write a Chaucer tale... but... I've never read him...

    Hey, I'm a genre writer... those literary snobs turn their pointy little noses up at genre, why can't I do the same to great literary works... it's only fair.

    Can you give me a few hints?
     
  3. Susan Boulton

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    Holbrook puts on English Li hat and coughs....



    Geoffrey Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales, a collection of stories in a frame story, between 1387 and 1400. It is the story of a group of thirty people who travel as pilgrims to Canterbury (England). The pilgrims, who come from all layers of society, tell stories to each other to kill time while they travel to Canterbury.
    If we trust the General Prologue, Chaucer intended that each pilgrim should tell two tales on the way to Canterbury and two tales on the way back. He never finished his enormous project and even the completed tales were not finally revised. Scholars are uncertain about the order of the tales. As the printing press had yet to be invented when Chaucer wrote his works, The Canterbury Tales has been passed down in several handwritten manuscripts.


    Some of the pilgrims:

    Knight, Miller, Reeve, Cook, Friar, Man of Law, Wife of Bath,(married goodness how many times) Merchant etc....

    Does that help Sheepie...
     
  4. Jacquin

    Jacquin Shovelly Joe

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    My basic idea was to create a modern version of Chaucers work. The thought was that we could pick a character and then write a story as if we were them. It doesn't have to be a chaucerian one, any character that has a historical feel is fine. Importanntly it doesn't have to be about them, just a story they would tell...

    So if you want to write a story as if you were a knight then that is good, if you want to write one as if you were a fishmonger then that works too. As long as you start off telling us who you are and why you are telling this story then it is ok. I am currently working on rewriting one of the original tales from a slightly diferent point of view.

    Basically I thought of it as an exercise to write in a different style to that which we normally use annd to be able to experiment with different povs and such.

    Hope this helps

    J
     
  5. Rocket Sheep

    Rocket Sheep I AM too a mod! Staff Member

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    Yes, m'lords. Thank you, m'lords. Please excuse my ignorance m'lords. Had a bit of trouble wif me booklearnin and such but I reckon I can do that, jus fine.

    I don't suppose a Knight who says Ni is terribly historical an all tho, huh?
     
  6. Jacquin

    Jacquin Shovelly Joe

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    No but perhaps a story about a peasant who threw mud at the king could be...
     
  7. Rocket Sheep

    Rocket Sheep I AM too a mod! Staff Member

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    ... any shrubbery in that story?
     
  8. Iskaral Pust

    Iskaral Pust Registered User

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    I really want to write a story where something big gets blow up - I think it's just a phase...
     
  9. Cnaeus Valerius

    Cnaeus Valerius The Roman

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    Then might I suggest the Anthology of Evil Tales by Various Authors thread? Currently we are waiting to see what "Dysil the undertaker" is doing in or near a sausage factory. You can certainly work through your phase with that! Big places, sausage factories...
     
  10. Rocket Sheep

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    Very messy when they explode too... I've heard of it raining frogs and fish and cats and dogs... but never offal.
     
  11. Bigfoot

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    Just watch out for the black puddings :eek:

    As for the stories, can anyone join in?
     
  12. kater

    kater Filthy Assistants!

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    Your best bet is to read the 'About this section' thread, or if like me you wanna just write :D - contact whoever started the thread by private message and ask to join, or start your own one - either way its a safe bet you'll get a good reaction. Welcome and enjoy :)
     
  13. Rocket Sheep

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    Oh yes please Big Foot. Join in!

    The Anthology of Evil Tales has its rules in the first post as do a lot of the other threads. Just add your own evil tale to the anthology.

    Some of them are on-going and require you to read what has already happened (making the ones with less posts more appealing) before you attempt to further the plot but everyone is happy to have fresh writers join in. Stories generally get left to a few dedicated writers who can keep tabs on the plot and as long as you don't twist it illogically or blow it to pieces they'll be pleased for a little help. That's why we keep emphasising "Collaborative": working together... altho... if you want to start a story where the rule is to work against the previous writer... feel free.

    Please put your foot in, test the water.
     
  14. Bigfoot

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    Thankyou both, you are both darlings....
     
  15. An8el

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    A little known fact is that...plain old flour is in constant danger of exploding when suspended in the air. Honest.
     
  16. Solaar

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    Hey - I want in around here.

    What's a guy gotta do to sign up???

    Other than make explosives.

    Solaar
    tick... tick...
     
  17. Susan Boulton

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    Start a story and cross your legs! errr fingers......
     
  18. Solaar

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    Hmmm, well I was sat in a dark tavern and a hooded man told me to ask you about it.

    Name of Jess? Juss? Jossa?

    Solaar
    wracking the brain cell
     
  19. seeberger

    seeberger Diaskeaus Phantasticus

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    idyllic chimaera

    By this time, you've probably seen my thread, Idylls of Chimere.

    I created it with the intent of writing non-traditional fantasy. Each new post is a new chapter in the story, and what I'm trying to do is play off traditional ideas and give some reality to them. So for example, the great evil of the story is never actually vanquished (Megoliath) - it just becomes part of society, and so life revolves around it. Heroes never really conquer it, but instead become heroes through a sort of Chuck Yaeger style, dying, and then getting posted up with a portrait in the local tavern. It becomes a sort of running joke.

    I want to expand on it, giving credence to other traditional things, like dragons, elves, dwarves, goblins, and if a fantasy world were actually real, what it would be like.

    The idea is that this guy, Balae Mengu, happened upon an island where he fell into a deep sleep and was transported into another world, where he lived for over 3000 years, and saw a lot of things. When he awoke, he was so afraid that he would be branded a lunatic for what he experienced, that it kept it to himself, and only let out his experience through stories told to his children and his grandchildren.

    I hope that helps.

    I wonder if anyone really comes around here anymore? The whole board is a really neat idea.
     
  20. Dawnstorm

    Dawnstorm Master Obfuscator

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    Wish I had more time for collab stories. I enjoy them. As it is, I'm behind on two over in the Funzone... :eek:

    I did have that idea of inserting "intermissions" of some sort all five chapters or so: an angry supernatural being in first person italics (who's basically the personification of the sum total of all stories, and who hates nothing more than story tellers, because they're all thieves, living of its substance...).

    If I had the time to follow up all my inspirations, I'd been part of the Porcelain Egg thread, and of Fan Tessie thread...

    Most of my online writing time is spent helping to morph the Lovable Rogue Inc. thread you can see below into a novel.

    I just posted to let you know you're not writing into a vacuum. For what that's worth. :)