[quote="KB"]Essentially, forum member Pigfender proposed, as both a writing exercise and a bit of fun, to get a number of volunteers to write 1,000 words each towards a novel on a given day, thus, between them, writing... a novel in a day.[/quote]
"please don't give the section before or after vic-k! I'm just not sure I could match his pace :-) matt"
Don't fret y'self Bluey. It's the kind of endeavour I avoid like the plague. I'd go into shut-down mode, and spend all day staring at the screen.
I was toying with the idea of having a go, provided I could do the, 'Sadomasochistic, gymnasticated fornication & gratuitous violence', bit...but even that wouldn't work, unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your sensibility's degree of delicacy ). So, sorry, 'snot gonna 'appen Vic
To answer some of the questions that have come up:
MATT WROTE: "...Aeon Timeline..."
Matt, thanks for the very kind offer but as Windows user I'm currently unable to use AT (entirely my loss). However, I am happy to share with you the breakdowns and notes after the fact to help reverse engineer something for your site.
VARIOUS WROTE: "don't give me the sex scene" / "I'd prefer a section with more than one character"
The plot doesn't have any scripted sex scenes, although like real life sometime these things crop up unexpectedly if that's the direction someone takes in their own section.
Sections will be allocated MOSTLY at random. That is to say, I will try to accomodate strong preferences stated unless it turns into a logistical nightmare worse than coming up with the plot was in the first place. Key exceptions will be: - If someone is volunteering for more than one section I will make sure they are a "safe" distance apart. - The story DOES have some 'grissly' scenes. If anyone wants to opt out of (or indeed into) those I will respect that. - It might be worth letting people express a specific willingness to write the very first section.
JRAVEN WROTE: "...character sketches..." I'll provide photos for the physical (I want to avoid reading the same phrases over and over), but will also provide a background narative, and brief samples of dialogue for each character.
I've added a EDIT to my post on the first page to update the list of volunteers so far. I'll update that intermittently. IN the meantime, do please spread the word wider....!
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Well, problems with Naked Came the Manatee was a "lack of rules" set up front. Dave Barry said if he would do it over, there would be NO addition of new characters unless there was a compelling plot point with it. Every author in turn shifted the focus of the novel to "their" character. Another mention was adding of plot devices, which is why you have something like half a dozen "Fidel Castro heads" in the book and no one knows if any are real or not. I think a good firm set of rules is essential and should be looked over for any possible "loopholes" that may jam up the story. A day is wicked fast for people to work through previous plot elements.
BAYAMO, 'Naked Manatee' worked on a different premise. In our piece, whilst participants are free to add all the secondary characters, plot devices and colour they can legitimately fit in their sections, the primary plot will be set out in advance. Participants won't have the previous sections to read.
By the sound of it, 'Naked Manatee' is at it's core a much more involved version of our "three word story''.
SIN, I dunno, mid terms sound important! Are you sure?