embroidery exercise

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embroidery exercise

Postby phillybudd » Oct 25, 2010 4:05 am

Chris,

how did the embroidery exercise work in terms of how people edited it? I'd like to do that with some of the people on here, if they're interested.

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Jeff

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Re: embroidery exercise

Postby Chris Huntley » Oct 25, 2010 2:59 pm

Here is the process I use for a Story Embroidery exercise:

    Use Spin-the-model to generate a random storyform.

    Distribute the storyform, or Story Engine Settings report to those participating.

    Pick an order for the participants.

    Either create a set of eight Archetypes with names, sex, age, and occupation, or have the participants each submit one until you have eight players, then assign archetypal functions to them.

    Assign the MC to one of the Archetypes.

    Assign the IC to one of the Archetypes.

    Identify a Genre/tone.

    Identify a time period.

    Identify a location.

    Go round-robin through the list. Each person is to illustrate any ONE of the story points on their turn.

The rules for illustrating are simple:

    Only one story point may be illustrated at a time.

    If a participant wishes to be skipped, that is perfectly alright.

    All illustrations must describe what is REALLY going on in the story, not what appears to be going on. The storyform represents the true nature of a story without the complexities introduced by storyweaving.

    All illustrations must conform to the realities established by previous illustrations. In other words, you cannot create illustrations that conflict with illustrations already given. That said, you MAY add a spin to something that remains true to the original but puts it into a different context, provided it is appropriate to illustrating the story point being currently illustrated. For example, one writer may establish a character as the president of a large corporation. Then another writer may make that character ALSO a spy for the competition.

    Have fun!

NOTE: I also add a time limit when doing story embroidery online. I recommend 24 hours.
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Re: embroidery exercise

Postby phillybudd » Oct 25, 2010 3:51 pm

Great stuff! Thanks.


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