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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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RoBaire

YAYAYAA CANT WAIT TO READ IT!!!

Malcolm Man

eats some granola...

drinks some tea...

composes a symphony...

waits...

toopersent
toopersent profile pic Alumni

sigh...eventually...

SnakeMan
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i vote margo off the island.

shirtflirt

margo who?

she's dead to me.

hopes she's not really dead

Malcolm Man

holy balls.


I leave for a couple days and everything falls apart.

chelly

time has frozen

shirtflirt

brain, just finish it already.

margo + kevin = lose

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

margo promised on friday or saturday that she was sending it to me that night. and then she didn't. margo loses fo' sho'.

Chipmnk

Just end it with Lemonalle's part. A perpetual cliffhanger.

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

but i haaaaaate cliffhangers! i'm just gonna beat up margo instead.

Malcolm Man

Don't listen to Margo's promises of adventure and promiscuous freedom!!!


They're all lies!!!

shirtflirt

please just finish it brian

this is getting embarassing

i told you NOT to let girls in teh clubhouse

chelly

shirtflirt was comment 420

shirtflirt

you're damn right i was!

tracerbullet
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and margo finishes!

take it away, kevin wells!

squatterjohn

Have you been editing the Wildcats version together during this time, or are you waiting for both versions to finish?

noodlezoop

^ I second this question (also, Brian, did you see my flustered follow-up e-mail?)

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

i've been very slowly editing the wildcats version because i've been so swamped with work the past couple of weeks, and by the time i get home i don't have the energy to do more editing. but don't worry, it's coming along.

and yes beth, i saw your email, but i haven't actually read your section yet 'cause i'm reading everything in order. but i'm sure it'll be fine. and if it isn't...well, i'll come up with a threatening remark.

margolove

hey guys, I'm truly sorry it took me so long to finish that. I know I really suck. I could make excuses but I really should've had it done earlier. Sorry!

shirtflirt

well well well

Chipmnk

shirtflirt on Apr 09 '09 at 12:02pm
well well well

Malcolm Man

Dance dance in yer pantz pantz!

shirtflirt

now i'm guessing itll be another 2 weeks for kevin to finish

SnakeMan
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hopefully we don't all die of old age before then.

chelly

she lives!

shirtflirt

margo, you should make excuses. i'd like to hear a few good ones. unless of course it's gonna take three weeks for you to come up with the excuses.

margolove

:(

I don't know whether you were serious about wanting them or not, but...

mostly I just suck at managing my time. I mean, really, I do apologize - I know I should've had it done on time. I take full responsibility for my own shittiness.

As far as excuses go, I do have a pretty heavy courseload this semester. I've been really busy and haven't had much time to do anything, and when I have had free time it's been spent like.. sleeping. I have to keep a B+ or I'll lose my full ride and have to leave, so that's at least kind of serious. Anyway, there are a lot of other little things, but I realize I should've had it done a long time ago. Apologies. Feel free to continue to be kind of upset with me, if you actually are. I can understand that, though it seems kind of silly in the grand scheme of things.

margolove

oh, and I got a really shitty number in our housing lottery today and will probably have to live in the worst dorm on campus next year, so there's some karmic repayment for you.

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

what's done is done. no need to pick on margo. now you can pick on kevin instead.

chelly

oh cool! shitty dorms make for the best stories later.

margolove

it's true. The rooms are small, so you're all crammed in way closer than you should be and more interesting things happen.

Chipmnk

I lost my foot virginity at my dorm.

And by that I mean my roommate masturbated in the shower and I never wore slippers.

shirtflirt

oh, the POW was indicative that i was just playing around. at leaest i thought it was.

tracer i will pwn for infinity

shirtflirt

pwn u

as in

we will
we will
pwn u

pwn u

Malcolm Man

Geeez, Alan is such a jerk...WAD!



jerkwad!!!

shirtflirt

i know...i try and be funny

and I"M THE ASSHOLE

chelly

i read it as funny, shirtflirt

shirtflirt

thats cos you speak our language chelly
the language of infinite love

chelly

heehee

shirtflirt

this second exquisite corpse was a fantastic idea

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

kevin has been idle on AIM for 65 hours...where the hell is he?

shirtflirt

kevins in serious trouble

Wiffler

remember this?

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

oh, is this still going on?

i'm almost done putting together group 1's story. still waiting for kevin to finish group 2.

i've completely fallen out of love with this project. but don't worry, i'll still finish it.

chances of a third one happening are pretty slim right now, though.

Chipmnk

This is still happening?

toopersent
toopersent profile pic Alumni

I think I remember this...

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