Thursday, August 13, 2015

2015 WRITE: Collaborative fiction blogging in virtual world. Writing does not have to be lonely

Collaborative fiction blogging in virtual world
Writing does not have to be lonely
Build the world for your story in a virtual world.  Bring friends in the world to improvise or role-play the story.  Post episodes as they develop.  Get comments from the readers.  Let them say where they want the story to go.  Probably not the best way to write your second novel.  But maybe of help in writing your first. 


  • Teachers of writing
  • Beginning writers
  • Explorers and experimenters in storytelling
  • (More after the break)

News and Notes


    PURSUE IMPOSSIBLE: UWA 3D Art & Film Challenges 2015,

    The University of Western Australia (UWA) has launched 'PURSUE IMPOSSIBLE, the 6th UWA Grand Art Challenge and MachinimUWA VIII with a starting prize pool in excess of L$400,000.   Deadline: Midnight SLT, 31st October 201

    SciFi Film Festival

    • Deadline for Late Submissions: Midnight – 29 August 2015

    Summer of Arts submissions open on Metropolis

    Scroll down for News, Notes, and Info

    Blogging your fiction in a virtual world


    • You have a story. It has scenes, places.
    • You build or fined the places in a virtual world.  
    • Your story has characters and things.
    • You make or find those characters and things in a virtual world.
    • You bring in friends to role-play the scenes in your story.
    • Caution: Get agreement on who owns rights before collaboration. 
    • In your blog, you publish a clean rewrite of the role play or improvization.


    • Many other places are candidates.  
    • But this place has experienced writers, builders, and scripters.
    • And contacts.  

    Why ?

    • Gain experience and confidence in plotting, dialog, etc.
    • Try out variations.  
    • See the viewpoint of other characters in the story.
    • Develop a pre-publication fan group
    • Develop a web presence
    • Demonstrate the level of interest in your story
    • Teacher:  Show how you teach.


    In the scene

    • Narration in the scene.  Tell what is happening.
    • Improv in the scene. Let other people show their interpretations.
    • Writing in the scene. Capture the dialog.  Listen to it.
    • Character development in the scene.  Ask the roleplayers.
    • Teacher:  Capture a video.  Have everybody critique and rewrite.

    For the blog 

    • Illustrations for the blog.  The scene is on your screen.
    • Collaborative writing.  Maybe several people, writing for different characters. 
    • Get written agreement from anyone who contributes 
    • On ownership of rights

    Character development

    • Wear the avatar, improvise the character
    • Improvise the character, design the avatar
    • Get several people to interact as the characters
    • Capture the scene and dialog on video. 
    • Teacher:  Capture a video.  Have everybody critique and rewrite.

    The scene can tell the story


    Fiction bloggers

    Can you sell this kind of writing?  

    • Probably not, since it has already been published.  
    • But if it gets a lot of interest, you might be able to sell the sequel.
    • Or maybe the video rights.  
    • Or you might learn something for use later

    Role-playing as writing

    • You have the scenery.  
    • You have the characters.
    • You know a lot about the characters. 
    • If you have people interested in your story bring them into the scene
    • Let them chat with the characters. 
    • You can be any of the characters, can't you?
    • You may learn more about the characters when you play them.
    • Or when you watch others play them.  
    •  You may learn how your readers will react to them.

    Writing a blog with Blogger


    News and Notes


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