I have to say, that's quite an intriguing worldbuilding concept. Even though you got a different prompt in the end, I'm sure you could still find some way to weave it into the story if you want to.
And I know consistency is super important especially for longer projects, so if you're motivated by deadlines, setting mini-deadlines for specific branches or plot points has been a helpful technique for me. But you're on the right track with planning to finish early in case life gets in the way.
As for my entry, I'm rather behind schedule and haven't written nearly as much as I'd have liked. Also, there a really strong writer who's apparently trying to write a better storygame than me, and as much as I hate to admit it, they're currently ahead. But don't worry, I'll catch up soon enough.
I'm starting to realize I've incorporated elements from different prompts into my storygame. So even if I had chosen a different one, I could have written the exact same storygame and no one would be any wiser. But there's definitely at least one which is more relevant than my current prompt.
Best of luck with your storygame and I hope this thread keeps you motivated!
My friend showed me this after I told her I kind of wished I chose your prompt- wow
I also started mine and to be honest if I had a different prompt, I would want the insane asylum prompt (#17) because it seems like something I could adapt to my magic thing. I look forward to reading your story because the prompt is really cool!
I started, and I wouldn't trade my prompt for the world.
By "started" I mean I've made a few pages and typed maybe two
wow me too! I wrote for like 3 days then got a writing block and havent written since
Well, make sure you push past that. I wouldn't recommend any stalling.
That deadline is much closer than you think it is, trust me.
I was stuck on a character and eventually got a name for them. Tell me, how would you expect someone named 'Cameron' to act?
Based on experience, like a basketball obsessed skinny kid with daddy's money but a strong loyalty to family
That comes from multiple Camerons
thank you I will be taking aspects of this
I would envision a Cameron as a gaunt tall man, definitely a smoker and severely underweight. Extra bonus points if other people describe him as a living ghost. He's a man of few words, quiet and reflective, is very awkward in daily conversations. He would be quite the loner with few friends. It would take quite a while for him to open up.
His sleep schedule would be abysmal, seeing that he would carry some dark shadows under his eyes. He's a light sleeper, gets nightmares every now and then, doesn't fall asleep easily. Whenever he sits down, he always has to have something to fidget with in his hands. I think that Cameron would be quite competent at his job, but he's not particularly enjoying it. He kind of drifts through life aimlessly with not a lot of lingering attachments.
I think that he would be thinking about committing suicide from time to time, but he's too much of a " coward" to actually do it. He kind of tends to get in a negative headspace pretty easily, becoming very numb to everything around him.
As for when he would act: hmmm... There would be some form of loyalty, but the type that stems from guilt not out of love or duty. It's more like: "If I don't this now, this person will despise me or I owe this person so much already, I can't have him do this."
If he does anything what could be considered heroic: he would be mentally screaming from the inside and panicking. However, I do think that he wouldn't be nervous trainwreck when it comes to things related to his job, sort of the only thing he's actually good at.
Well, this is pretty much my interpretation of what a Cameron would be like, eh, a massive bumbling fuck up. However, it really is up to you what you want to do with your character. One of the things that I sometimes like to do is to not give characters any names during the planning phase so that I can sort out their role in the story a little easier. Names are a very arbitrary thing.
I do wonder about the identity of that "writer" who wants to write a better story than Mystic, that person must be some nutty halfwit. You have my permission to behead that individual and dip their head in tar.
hm...interesting. I think I should dip someone's head in tar at some point, that sounds cool. maybe I'll just put it as a passing mention though
I love twin relationships maybe I'll add a twin and then kill them
Seven chapters? Good luck my friend and I hope that it won't spiral out of control.
It's actually kind of cute that your wife wants to spell check for you. That's really cool! l'm a bit too embarrassed to let people I know in real life read stuff I'd written.
I'm slowing down a little due to me being a bit busy with real life stuff as always. Wow, I thought I was a big outliner/planner, turns out you got more written down than me.
I generally have the "big" general outline with the character names and quick summary bout them. Yup, I do write this one first before I start writing. This one contains descriptions of the endings and the general paths I want to do. It's just so that I don't accidentally write plot holes/ forget people's names (tend to do it a lot). While I'm writing, I usually go back and add stuff like important details and other plot stuff I forgot into it.
The story and lore is much simpler, so I don't have many things to keep track of. So the outline is now about 1300 words long. If I make it too long, navigation and looking things up would be a pain.
Then there are the smaller outlines I write for every writing session/story chunk which go in detail what I need to cover for this page. I do these mostly in my head, but when I'm a bit stuck, writing it out helps.
I spent the past week researching one topic, and suddenly lost all interest in that topic after deciding it was time to write something. I am now back to square one and now I only have a vague idea of what I want to do.
Just start typing something. That way you wont end up having to submit a 2500 word quiz at the last minute to avoid SHAME.
And I say this as I have 0 words of actual story typed. Though I do have main character profiles and a rough outline of of the story.
Well based on my prompt, I don't think a quiz would be a practical way to avoid SHAME. I cannot just start writing because without research I may not do the topic justice. I think that was the issue with Wolves of The Sea and I hope to not repeat those mistakes again. Thanks for the advice though.
HA I have ONE page done, got you BEAT
Speaking of which, I should really, REALLY work on that
well guess what? I have TWO pages done
you one-upping bitch
yup that's me :)
dw its really easy to one-up me if you put in like any kind of effort
lol. Nice one CP.
Fresh- Newb said you lack effort or she couldn't one-up you.
I do lack effort
However, I have written two pages, one of which is in German (which I've been taking a class for but it's not perfect), since making this post.
To be fair, you have been participating in the Owl's Challenge threads a little bit, so you've done a bit more writing than CP in the long run. More procrastinating and more writing! Sounds like you've got her beat multiple ways.
it's very likely
Mmmmm.... hamburgers.... dang it! Now I have to go get something to eat. I was perfectly fine before I read this and now I'm too hungry to keep writing. I'll be back soon...
Ah, it's nice being able to relax for one of these... No pressure to finish, no bothering people to betaread...
You're not in this one?
or are you supremely confident?
He already won a contest, so there's no need to try anymore.
Cel already hit his peak. The rest of his CYS existence is all downhill.
There will still be a major peak, when I become End's son-in-law.
Good luck with that.
We have a saying in Serbia...
It's not the handsome one that fucks, it's the persistent one.
Is persistence the Serbian word for roofie?
I am off to an early start (for me) on beginning my entry.
A whole 650 words.
nice! more than I've written (combined) in the past... (let me check real quick) 13 days!
I have a lot of words done already, but I've slacked off for the past week and haven't written in a couple days. Currently, a lot is not enough. I should get to it.
I remembered to write today. Sitting on an even six pages out of about twenty to be made. (Hey, I said it'd be short)
I've been siitng at a decent 20 total words for the past two weeks or so. Just wrote 4 more so I'm just about on schedule.
I read it. It was very funny. I hope that you are able to add gay fanfic arc too (where the protagonist is so frustrated with his lacking love life that he starts to write self-insert gay fanfic about himself. Double plus if the love interest in his story is some anime edgy pretty boy character. Triple plus if he posts it on Choice of Games.) Gay and Depressed: Truly an inspiration for all.
Edit: don't foget to add the twitter internet wars. Whenever a online content creator gets relatively successful, try to be the biggest virtue signaller and dig up dirt about them. It could be a thoughtless comment they made when they were a teenager, that doesn't matter. Paint them as the devil incarnate that participates in book burnings and lynchings.
Sadly enough, I have a growing hobby with keeping up with this perpetual online discourse stuff, so if you ever have a lack of inspiration for such things....
it is the most wonderful feeling when you have ditched your story weeks ago, get a new idea, and churn out 3k in the span of three/four days
I believe in you, Ace
Question though. Why do I always think of a snake or serpent when you come to mind? Did you have an old account that was named along those lines or something?
That's... a lot. I would tag past account(s) of mine, but it'd get rather embarrassing. However, I can say that I draw really epic piñatas.
Nonetheless, thank you for clearing that up for me. I have no idea how I caught on that y'all were the same person. Must've been my sick intuition :p
There's also MizalButCapitalized and EndMasterButWholesom lol.
I've written so much for just a single path that I didn't even intend as one of the "main" endings. I managed to stay on schedule for all of January, but I might need to actually get ahead of schedule to finish this story in a desirable manner. Oh shit.
So far it sounds like you're in the lead. (Other than the quiet ones who might be too shy to say how far along they are)
I got some good planning done, which has given me the ideas to finish writing a good half of my story. I also have some good ideas for the other half (but very little of it written).
Basically I gotta do more
This is how the dinosaurs went extinct...
I need to smoke whatever you're having.
You'll smoke it when my storygame is published
You either mislabeled the Y axis (should be per day) or you deleted a huge chunk of your story at one point.
That's what I thought also as the x axis (time) is also poorly defined.
But here is my guess as to how these work on his graph.
Y - (word count) number of words in a given day
X - (time) should be days
That way you can plot the point of words per day and come up with the graphed line. Since, as you noted, if y is total word count, this should always increase unless you delete a chunk of your story.
Assuming word count is per day and time is the amount of time left until the due date, my sporadic writing habits (much deteriorated since the Myth and Religion contest) have caused what would be my version of that graph to look... interesting
The word you're looking for is disappointing.
And I was actually getting excited by your story as well:(
I meant the writing habits had deteriorated but alr