Threadless Exquisite Corpse 2 rules and information blog!

<big><big><big>IT'S FINALLY DONE. GO READ IT.</big></big></big>


It's time to begin round two of the Threadless Exquisite Corpse writing project! First, a big thanks to everyone who registered. If you didn't get a chance to sign up, please make sure you do so for round three, whenever that ends up happening. This time around the rules are going to be a bit different for the sake of efficiency, sanity, and just to shake things up.


A quick reminder of how an exquisite corpse works: One group member begins writing a story. It doesn't matter what it's about, what genre it is, etc. Once the member is satisfied with the result, they then send the last few lines of their piece to the next member. The next member then, without knowing anything about the other member's piece except for those few lines, continues the story from where the previous member left off. And from there, the cycle continues until the last member writes a rousing ending! At this point the story will be put together and the wacky result will be revealed.


As stated above, the rules are a bit different this time, so read on:


Rules of the Exquisite Corpse

  1. Like last time, one member will begin the story. However, after the initial piece is completed, TWO different groups will each write their own story from the same beginning. Each group contains 13 talented members, and when all is said and done, we'll have two completely different stories from one common beginning.

  2. Each participant is only allowed to write a MAXIMUM of TWO (2) pages, single spaced, 12pt font. Obviously I won't erase anything if you happen to write more, but please try to stay within these limits. We're going for quality over quantity, so make every word count! At the same time, though, please try to write something substantive in your piece (at least a couple of paragraphs) so that the story moves forward each time. Don't just write two lines of dialog and call it quits--that would be counterproductive to the project (and besides, if you don't want to write, then why the heck did you sign up?).

  3. Each participant has a MAXIMUM of THREE (3) DAYS to write their portion of the story. This should hopefully be plenty of time. We need to have a maximum time limit so this doesn't take forever to complete. We have 27 participants, which means if everyone takes their full amount of time, we should be done by the second week of March. If, when it's your turn to write, you don't think you can finish your portion within your three days, let me know right away so we can have the next person in line write instead. You can then write your part later on.

  4. When a member has finished writing their part of the story, they are to send one email to the main Exquisite Corpse address (threadlessexquisitecorpse [at] gmail [dot] com) containing the following:


    • An ATTACHMENT of your entire section. Please don't just copy and paste your section into the email because this will mess up the formatting. Preferred file formats are .doc or .rtf. I should be able to open pretty much any format out there since I use OpenOffice, but these two are the easiest.

    • The names and relationships of all major characters. While this might technically go against what an Exquisite Corpse is all about, in our case it's necessary for the sake of consistency. It's much easier, both for the writers and the editor, if everyone uses consistent character names. You don't have to go into a lot of detail; just keep it simple like Bob - The main character/protagonist. Jill - Bob's sister. Mr. Williams - Bob's boss. As for what constitutes a major character, use your best judgment. If you write a character who you picture making several appearances over the course of the story, then that character is major. If a character is a one-time waitress in a restaurant who doesn't serve a purpose other than being a waitress for that scene, then forget her.

      Note: As this project goes on, more characters will obviously appear. Please include EVERYONE'S major characters/relationships in your email, even if you didn't use them all in your own portion. If Beth created Bob and Jill and you created Sam and Max, then your email to the next participant should include Bob, Jill, Sam, and Max.

    Once I receive your email, I will then send the last few lines of your section to the next participant. When you get the email stating it's your turn, please email me back so I know you actually received it.


And now for some general statements, more or less copied from the first Exquisite Corpse blog
  1. This is the definitely the most important statement (which is why it's number one). EVERYONE HERE KNOWS HOW TO WRITE. While everyone's skills might vary in the technical aspect of writing (i.e., grammar, mechanics, etc.), I know for a fact that every person here is creative and has ideas to share. With that said...

  2. Don't worry about grammar and mechanics. Just write, and don't worry if you think you might've used the wrong word or have a run-on sentence. Just get your ideas down on the page and let the editor deal with the grammar and junk later.

  3. The ending of this story will work the same way it did last time: The final writer in each group will write the ending for their group. After a lot of discussion last time on how the story should end, this way made the most sense and was the fairest way to go. I'm quite confident that the two ending writers will be up to the task.

  4. HAVE FUN WITH THIS! I think this will turn out just as good, if not better, than last time, especially since we'll have two different stories. So just think positively and all that other good karmic shit. We're bound to hit some problems along the way, but we'll tackle those as they come.

Well, that's everything that needs to be said, I think. The only thing left, of course, is the writing order. So here it is:


Story Starter
<del>Wiffler</del>


Group 1
<del>trindli</del>
<del>tracerbullet</del>
<del>squatterjohn</del>
<del>v1ctorya</del>
<del>Pizazz</del>
<del>Neon Samurai</del>
<del>jenraskopf</del>
<del>RoBaire</del>
<del>martiandrivein</del>
<del>Chipmnk</del>
<del>squintygirl</del>
<del>noodlezoop</del>


Group 2
<del>toopersent</del>
<del>Bramish</del>
<del>ahnik</del>
<del>shirtflirt</del>
<del>SnakeMan</del>
<del>Mya Jamila</del>
<del>Malcolm Man</del>
<del>chelly</del>
<del>asdfghaya</del>
<del>lemonalle</del>
<del>margolove</del>
kevinwells


<big><big>READY SET GO!</big></big>

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Omair

oh sheet! i forgot to sign up!

Mya Jamila

I'm so nervous!
I feel blinded by the stardom of the other participants.
hides eyes and waits for the sparkles to fade

Chipmnk

Excellent.

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

there's always next time, pearpear

kevinwells

holy sheets, i'm the closer!

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

you're just like kyra sedgwick!

noodlezoop

Group 1 4 lyfe!

let's call ourselves the Wildcats! that will show Group 2 that we are fierce and it will throw them off their game, so we can win easier.

squintygirl

Dernnit, I didn't sign up! I had fun the first time around. I'll try to be more on the ball for Round 3.

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

aw, sorry squinty! i thought a week+ for registration would be enough, but it seems some people still missed out. i'll make it longer next time.

squintygirl

That's okay! I'm looking forward to reading the new story!

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

beth better not let the team down! i'm expecting a prize-winning ending from you.

trindli

i'll be skiing this weekend, but as far as I see I can write it until Monday, so I'll be fine :)

jenraskopf

Point of interest: eight has a cube root.

Sigh.

Can't wait until my turn! :)

Chipmnk

I feel sorry for themilkman666.

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

did you notice that your turn is a prime number jen? i did that just for you.

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

well, prime within your group. best i could do.

Malcolm Man

I'm sooooo in the middle.

Chipmnk

Igeddit!

toopersent
toopersent profile pic Alumni

im so glad i get to go first for my team.

toopersent
toopersent profile pic Alumni

dude, I just hope we can all stay in the same perspective. Im afraid of people not knowing how slash when to change perspective. Its one of the hardest things to do for writers, at least for me.

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

what do you mean perspective? like which character is doing an action?

toopersent
toopersent profile pic Alumni

yeah exactly. Novice writers tend to jump around a lot and switch perspective every paragraph when really each chapter or segment should be told in the same voice. a few autbors are really good...

toopersent
toopersent profile pic Alumni

got cut off...a few authors are really good at jumping around a lot...Sara Douglas comes to mind.

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

last round was pretty fine for that. there are bound to be instances where perspective changes since you don't know what was written before, but that's just part of the fun! if you haven't read the first story, check it out. it's pretty crazy, and it almost makes sense.

toopersent
toopersent profile pic Alumni

yeah this should be fun, ill just have to curb my anal retentive tendencies.

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

don't worry, i'm anal enough for everyone when it comes time to edit.

SnakeMan
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wait, so we're getting a list of characters? i guess that makes sense. sorry, i'm an exquisite virgin. still figuring this out.


but won't people need to know descriptions of the characters?

toopersent
toopersent profile pic Alumni

no, the characters are introduced as the story goes on....it will be challenging because im sure character descriptions will change.

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

only if someone chooses to disclose that description. names and relationships are more important than physical description. last time there was one character who kept dying and coming back to life. it was great.

SnakeMan
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toopersent on Jan 26 '09 at 1:47pm
no, the characters are introduced as the story goes on....it will be challenging because im sure character descriptions will change.


that's what i meant, we'll get a list of the characters that have been created so far.

V1ctorya

excitement
worry, omg, three days! I have perfectionist tendencies

more excitement

Neon Samurai

All right, super excited about this.

Chipmnk

He knows what's coming with me.

toopersent
toopersent profile pic Alumni

so uh, the deadline is today correct?

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

yup. adam has to write out the character list and then email it to me tonight.

Wiffler

Stick a fork (or perhaps another utensil) in my part! That puppy is done and delivered. It would have been sooner but my Area Manager was here all day poking around, keeping me from my important work!

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

haha no problem. i'll send it off to the two teams when i get home in a little while.

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

alright, it's officially trindli and toopersent's turn! let the race to the finish begin!

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

toopersent didn't waste any time and finished his piece already! so now it's bramish's turn for group 2!

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