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  •  I did something like that with three or four (1+ / 0-)
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    other posters on an art website a couple of years ago. I don't recall how it started, but it became a long running story where whoever was moved to, wrote the next paragraph or so.
    Since there was no agreement on plot or characters, the storyline tended to meander (one poster continually tried to push the plot towards a video game scenario, but his characters wound up dead or exiled to a prison planet somewhere outside the known universe) and at times turned surrealistic.
    Oh, wait, I do recall how it started. One day, the person who started the thread unaccountable woke up as a sheep...

    "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

    by Orinoco on Sun Sep 25, 2011 at 03:15:43 PM PDT

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    •  Yeah, total free-form stories can (2+ / 0-)
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      get out of control if folks don't agree to abide by a few common themes and ideas. By sticking to a "Star Wars" concept, and not bringing in outside ideas, it gives us a canvas with definite borders to stay within, which keeps things channeled.

      •  It was fun while it lasted (2+ / 0-)
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        and it lasted a good long time, as I recall, almost a year, with three to five paragraphs added every few days. Most of us stuck with the original three or four main characters, the sheep guy, his shape-changing sheep girlfriend, a wisecracking chain smoking fairy godmother who showed up from time to time, and a giant robot.

        The odd man out kept introducing this super mecha warrior, with military conspiracy 'missions' and the like. We blew the super warrior up a few times, but her super armor saved her, so she got busted for excessive use of force and her superior officer beamed her to a prison planet.  Every time she was brought back into the plot, she ran afoul of some regulation or other and got sent back to purgatory.

        Good times, good times.

        "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

        by Orinoco on Sun Sep 25, 2011 at 10:35:20 PM PDT

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    •  I wrote a story like that (2+ / 0-)
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      with a friend and can still call up in my memory the bizarre world we created together. It was supposed to be a group effort but we were the only two who stuck with it.

      Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. --Mark Twain

      by Debby on Mon Sep 26, 2011 at 08:39:44 AM PDT

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