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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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V1ctorya

Neon- I had to change parts of mine too, once I realized where the story wanted to head (or where my mind decided the story was heading, even if for my part).

jenraskopf

Go Wildcats!
I just sent mine off.

I figured I'd be busy the next couple of days so I ran with the first idea that came to me rather than stew in it and wind up late.

jenraskopf

PS Sorry if it's no good. :(

tracerbullet
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yay jen! now it's tasha's turn! wildcats caught up!

jenraskopf

(and passed!)

Neon Samurai

Yeah, I know what you mean Victoria.

jenraskopf

Let's all cheer for Tasha!

Gimme a T!
Gimme a 4!
Gimma SHHHHHH!
Gimme another 4!

V1ctorya

woot! Go wildcats, we can FLY!

shirtflirt

i thought there were strict deadlines, tracer.

failing

tracerbullet
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there are. unfortunately i lack the ability to physically force people to get their parts done on time.

Neon Samurai

I take full responsibility for being behind deadline.

Someone should probably discipline me.

SnakeMan
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brian, you look... different.

Malcolm Man

I'm on this shit!

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

both margo and tasha had to reschedule, so malcolm and robaire are now up

Malcolm Man

Always picking up Margo's fucking slack....

Jeeeeeeez!

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

margo leaves her slacks all over. girl just can't keep her damn pants on!

margolove

sorry I suck :(

and I also apologize for my apparent pantsfailure.

Mya Jamila

All girls depant if they wear slacks.




That's why I wear chords.

toopersent
toopersent profile pic Alumni

power chords?

Mya Jamila

Chords of twinkle lights actually.


Think this ^ refashioned.

Mya Jamila

Wow

Sorry, that wasn't meant to be so big.

toopersent
toopersent profile pic Alumni

thats what she said...

Chipmnk

Why would she say that?

toopersent
toopersent profile pic Alumni

you don't really want to know the freaky shit I'm into.

Neon Samurai

You're probably right.

















































but tell me anyway.

shirtflirt

let's goooooooooooo

SnakeMan
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i'm getting old, people.

shirtflirt

snake i hope you picked up the slack for me.

SnakeMan
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i wrote some complete bullshit nonsense. so, i think i did.

but the key was i knocked it out like... that night.

Malcolm Man

I still have yet to read the first exquisite corpse.


Does that make me some kind of wicked person?

shirtflirt

you illiterate bastard.

Malcolm Man

"shirtflirt on Feb 23 '09 at 6:11pm
I don't like literature or words. Words are such a pain in the ass."

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

but words are the things that mean stuff!

lemonalle

three people ahead of me!

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

that's what you said!

toopersent
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wow I cant wait to read this...

Mya Jamila

Malcolm Man on Feb 23 '09 at 5:55pm I still have yet to read the first exquisite corpse.


Does that make me some kind of wicked person?

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

yes. you are all wicked. especially malcolm, since he wrote part of the first one.

shirtflirt

words are shells

wheres the turtle?

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

learning ninja skills

Malcolm Man

My pen is like...going wild.

It's spewing on the page.


Not really. I use a word processor.

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

whatever, ernest

Malcolm Man

Why I oughtta!!!!

shirtflirt

hunt, peck. hunt, peck. peck peck peck. hunt, peck.

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

helen hunt. gregory peck.

RoBaire

still working on mine.. sorry.. this is going to be some odd left turns! :-)

toopersent
toopersent profile pic Alumni

fuck, I was looking for odd right turns.

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