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In an effort to help generate some more activity and traffic for the forum, I have gathered together a few project ideas for everybody to potentially help with. In this way, you have ideas to work with if you want to and multiple choices at that. Read them over, think about them, let me know if you want to help, let me know which are good and which are terrible, etc, etc. These are completely voluntary, of course, but if you join up, be prepared to do some work for it. Anyway. Here goes:
1. A Terror Tortellini anthology for creepypasta / horror stories. The idea here is to gather together new stories from the forum's various writers in one project. It could be for a Kickstarter-like thing where we self-publish our own physical book or it could be for an ebook (like on the Kindle or the Nook). Or both. Or whatever. Any money from it could go towards doing more for the forum itself. The details are certainly up for discussion.
2. A new blogspot aimed at bringing creepypasta back to its roots. The idea was inspired by The Midnight Society from "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" (so there's a bit of nostalgia factor there, I guess). On that show, each member of the group took turns telling a story and each individual had a common theme or element to their stories. That's kind of what I want to do with this project: have a certain number of names presented as members of this fictional group, each with their own theme or story element, that people can write the oldschool flash fiction/short short stories style creepypasta for. It'd be a sort of semi-open source project, meaning anybody could write and submit stories for posting, but they'd be writing for one of those names (so technically you wouldn't get credit for the story; the name you wrote the story for would).
For example: Say one of the names is Wilson and Wilson's theme is ghosts. Anybody could write and submit creepypasta (one of the flash fiction variety from the old days) about ghosts, and if accepted, it would be posted and credited to Wilson instead of the person who wrote the story. So lots of different people could potentially be Wilson. Sort of anonymous in a way.
That's just the basic idea, of course, so anything about it is up for discussion.
3. A collaborative webcomic. This idea is more of an off-topic sort of project (although the idea of a creepypasta-based webcomic is interesting to me as well). Basically, get some members together to do the writing and some to do the drawing and the readers could even participate by giving suggestions for stuff. Or whatever you want. This one is really completely up to everybody to discuss and collaborate on, but it seemed to me like a decent project for our Off-topic Talk/Number University/Department of Redundancy Department sort of members.
4. A lost episode themed writing contest. Okay, so this is less of a project idea and more of a pitch for a future writing contest (future as in some time after the Christmas contest that may or may not be coming up), but since I didn't want to make a separate thread just to pitch the idea, I put it in here. What do you all think about it? Lost episode creepypasta (and video game pasta) are kind of really played out, but it would be interesting to see if anybody could actually write a good one for the sake of winning a contest (even if the prizes for it are kind of weak).
That's all for now. Post your comments, suggestions, questions, complaints, and derailings below.
Oh. P.S. The re-opening of the Fairfield project and the making of TT-related merch is still in the works; it's just really slow progress. I swear they will happen. Those ideas are not dead. They're just kind of comatose, I guess. Have faith.
Joined: Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:11 pm Posts: 1323 Location: Pullman, Washington
Also I had an idea: what if we had story duels, where two writers were given the same theme or monster, or some other set of requirements, and they had to write against each other and submit simultaneously at the deadline?
[quote="ZecaDiabo"]In idea number 2, how bout giving the characters a fake background? Facebook, youtube account, myspace, **** like that, make people think Wilson is real.
Sounds interesting, but seems like a lot of work. Especially considering how much fake background would be needed.
[quote="Beef Pop"]Also I had an idea: what if we had story duels, where two writers were given the same theme or monster, or some other set of requirements, and they had to write against each other and submit simultaneously at the deadline?
Now that's a neat idea.
[quote="Glass Onion"]although I feel like number 4 could potentially be hilariously bad.
Either way, whether it's good material or hilariously bad material, we'd all still get some entertainment out of it.
Joined: Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:16 pm Posts: 1291 Location: California
I kind of like the idea of #2, certainly the narrator idea isn't a bad one. I would prefer the narrator to be sort of intentionally campy, like The Cryptkeeper or The Old Witch or something, something to make the fake personality interesting.
On this topic, at some point I am going to launch a shared RP setting (assuming that you are OK with the concept, Vaughn) to run in parallel with whatever games we have going.
Essentially I'm going to treat it as an open source world where I will write narrative posts in which I create characters who do things, and to which other people can freely add their own characters (with some limitations/rules which I'll set up).
Vaughnikins those are all awesome ideas. I'd like to contribute at some point.
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Since quite a few of you have expressed interest in the webcomic, I went ahead and created a thread for everybody in Off-topic Talk (it's a sticky and can be found here).
As for the other projects, we'll need to iron out the details of the anthology and I can start putting together the blogspot for the number 2 idea. And the lost episode contest will be some time after the Christmas writing contest.
Either way, I'm glad to see everybody seems to be so onboard with all these.
For what it's worth, I'd throw in with you lot on any of the challanges. Provided you're prepared to fend off my stilted, uneven writing.
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