Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Apr 30 2003

My life continues to be just a bit too busy. I’ve been out of the house so much in the past few days that I haven’t had a chance to do any dishes since Sunday. :sigh: It’s my own fault, but still, it’s frustrating to realize that I’m getting so little done on the side projects I want to do, such as writing and composing.

On the other hand, I have managed to write four pages this week, so I only have another six to write to achieve my weekly goal.

Meanwhile, I’m occasionally adding a bit to The Band, a collaborative storytelling experiment on Brennen‘s wiki. I think the idea is forming into an understandable shape in my mind now.

As I see it, three things need to be understood by the collaborators for this sort of project to succeed:

  • Well-defined characters
  • set of plot points that describe broadly what will happen to the characters in the immediate future.
  • theme that is threaded through and integral to the story, to give it depth

If we all understand the characters, can keep the theme(s) in mind, and are working towards a defined set of plot points, I think we can collaboratively write something that not only makes sense, but is a real work of art.

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