Collab Members Must Read

This will be a REALLY long post, telling y’all how things will work out if you’re a member of the story collaboration. In advance, I apologise for the excessive rules and regulations and notes – but I’ve got Obsessive Organisation Disorder.

Members and Duties:

The members are:

  • Nicola (me) – Chapters 1, 7, 13, 19, 25
  • Randy – Chapters 2, 8, 14, 20, 26
  • Foxface – Chapters 3, 9, 15, 21, 27
  • Blake – Chapters 4, 10, 16, 22, 28
  • Rainfall – Chapters 5, 11, 17, 23, 29
  • Nireth – Chapters 6, 12, 18, 24, 30

Their duties will include the following:

  • Helping to correct mistakes made on other chapters
  • Contribute ideas when we are planning
  • Writing chapters, which brings me to my next section…

Writing, Posting, etc.:

If it is your turn to write a chapter, you must:

  • Write it within two weeks, though please try to write it as soon as possible…
  • Because the sooner you finish your chapter, the sooner the next person can start their chapter
  • I think it is unwise to start writing your chapter before someone else has finished theirs, because their chapter and yours may not be compatible (e.g. in the unfinished chapter, Bob says: “I didn’t mean what I said about your shirt!” and in the other chapter, Bob says: “I meant what I said about your shirt!” and this makes the two chapters incompatible/inconsistent)
  • The minimum number of words is 1000, though there is no maximum. I’m not too worried about the consistency of chapter lengths, but everything that was meant to happen in that chapter must really happen (e.g. Bob finds himself stuck in a cave in the planning and Bob finds himself stuck in a cave in the actual story)
  • Follow the plan/plot

Now, for posting and editing the chapters…

  • The chapters should be posted on this blog
  • You should make it clear that you wrote that specific chapter
  • Before posting, one person (it doesn’t matter who) should read through and edit any spelling/grammar mistakes, and things that make the chapter inconsistent/incompatible with other chapters (e.g. Bob’s hair is blue in Chapter 1 but red in Chapter 5). The editor should tell the writer every single thing they edited, in case the writer disagrees with the editor’s edits

Other Obvious Things:

  • We won’t worry about godmodding or anything like that because every character belongs to us this group, not to separate individuals. Understand? Even if you created Bob and you wrote all about his appearance and personality and stuff, the other writers are allowed to suggest changes for Bob and they HAVE TO write about him – which, in other cases, would be called godmodding, but it’s not in this case!
  • Do try to put lots of effort into your writing
  • And, of course, have fun (even, er, with all these dot points you’ve got to comply to… sorry!)

Before Writing:

  • We must plan! Don’t start writing until the whole story is planned and everything is clear
  • First we should brainstorm a few characters and a general plot (e.g. the school’s taken over by aliens or whatever)
  • Then we elaborate; we create more characters and detail what happens in the story
  • And finally, we organise all these events into different chapters
  • Then… we write!

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