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smiley11.gif posted on 6-22-2009 at 08:58 PM
DARES!


Less than ten days from the start of JulNoWriMo, and there's no dare thread? SCANDALOUS!

Anyway; I'll start out:

Have two (or more) characters have a conversation consisting completely in gestures.




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[*] posted on 6-23-2009 at 02:36 PM


Heh, thanks for the idea! I'll try that out.

I contribute:
- Have a character snatch and pretend to read a dictionary even though it's upside down and then make them explain their actions to someone (extra points if the explanation is somewhat believable!)




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[*] posted on 6-23-2009 at 08:39 PM


Have a supporting character with kleptomania who has a preference for shiny objects bonus points if it somehow helps your main character save the day in the end. XD
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[*] posted on 6-23-2009 at 09:50 PM


In your next scene, have your main character suddenly changed his/her personality.



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[*] posted on 6-24-2009 at 12:57 AM


Oh some good ones so far.. humm... now to warm up the brain to try to think of something.

Ahh yes, in your next scene use "persnickety persimmon" to describe a personality without it being comical.




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[*] posted on 6-24-2009 at 02:48 AM


Ooh, so many of these are so delightful. x3

Have a minor side character come in and try to replace one of the MC's. Bonus points if he/she succeeds!
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[*] posted on 6-24-2009 at 06:13 AM


Have a character with a phobia about buttons.
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[*] posted on 6-24-2009 at 02:46 PM


Have a character that never seems to be present whenever something extremely important happens. Like, He/She always ends up having to go to the bathroom or goes off to tie their shoe or something, and then they miss the big event.
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[*] posted on 6-24-2009 at 10:05 PM


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story of my protagonist's life. he's never there for the main event, and is always 1 step behind the antagonist.




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[*] posted on 6-25-2009 at 06:43 AM


Have your MC believe their right shoe is the key to saving the day. Extra points if it actually is.



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[*] posted on 6-26-2009 at 07:33 AM


I dare you to name a character Koakmasheen. (Sound it out.)

Bonus points if you're not writing a fantasy.




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[*] posted on 6-27-2009 at 04:27 PM


I dare someone to have a scene in which the characters all have a lengthy discussion about the qualities of another character who hasn't appeared, as though that person is the main character. And then? Never make reference to the offstage character again.

[Edited on 6-27-2009 by Corrupted_Apple]
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[*] posted on 6-27-2009 at 04:29 PM


I dare you to double your word count goal.



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[*] posted on 6-27-2009 at 04:45 PM


I dare you to justify head-hopping (random changes of narrator). Bonus points if it's a major plot point.





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[*] posted on 6-27-2009 at 09:58 PM


I dare you to get 10,000 words on July 1st
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[*] posted on 6-27-2009 at 10:46 PM


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I dare you to get 10,000 words on July 1st



I so beyond accept this one! Anyone else?




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[*] posted on 6-28-2009 at 01:53 AM


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Quote:
Originally posted by JexMorgan
I dare you to get 10,000 words on July 1st



I so beyond accept this one! Anyone else?


Also. :D




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[*] posted on 6-28-2009 at 05:33 AM


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I dare someone to have a scene in which the characters all have a lengthy discussion about the qualities of another character who hasn't appeared, as though that person is the main character. And then? Never make reference to the offstage character again.


I did something sort of like that, in that there was a lengthy discussion about a character who hadn't appeared, and never appeared onstage (it was a play)--he was in fact dead halfway through. However, the play revolved around him (so obviously I mentioned him again; the play was even named after him). I was trying to play around with the concept of a central character seen only through his relationships with other individuals.
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[*] posted on 6-28-2009 at 08:40 AM


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Quote:
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I dare someone to have a scene in which the characters all have a lengthy discussion about the qualities of another character who hasn't appeared, as though that person is the main character. And then? Never make reference to the offstage character again.


I did something sort of like that, in that there was a lengthy discussion about a character who hadn't appeared, and never appeared onstage (it was a play)--he was in fact dead halfway through. However, the play revolved around him (so obviously I mentioned him again; the play was even named after him). I was trying to play around with the concept of a central character seen only through his relationships with other individuals.


That's interesting. Were they discussing him before he died or because he died? Now I'm thinking about Waiting For Godot.
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[*] posted on 6-28-2009 at 09:05 AM


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I did something sort of like that, in that there was a lengthy discussion about a character who hadn't appeared, and never appeared onstage (it was a play)--he was in fact dead halfway through. However, the play revolved around him (so obviously I mentioned him again; the play was even named after him). I was trying to play around with the concept of a central character seen only through his relationships with other individuals.


That's interesting. Were they discussing him before he died or because he died? Now I'm thinking about Waiting For Godot.


(Removed inner quoting so it wouldn't get too long.)

There were two other characters, I'll call them A and B, who were in a relationship. A was good friends with the offstage character (o.c.), and B thought he was shiftless and didn't like him very much. In the first scene where they were talking about him, A and B were having a fight because A had made plans to visit the friend (of course there was more reason for the fight than that, like A not having told B, and B having made plans which involved both of them, etc) which devolved into a general argument about the o.c. At this point he was still alive.

The second half was set in the o.c.'s house after his death (a suicide); A and B were sorting through his personal belongings. Of course they talked about his death somewhat, but mostly it was about the memories evoked by different items in the room. A found something in the room which made her reconsider her opinion of her friend. Meanwhile B admited to having spent time with o.c. in order to try to help o.c. straighten out his life. A feels betrayed; B ends up defending o.c. in a reversal of their earlier roles.

I was trying to do a few things: have an offstage character dominate the play, have the two main characters switch positions, and make the two main characters equally sympathetic. It sort of worked in earlier drafts, but later on one of the characters became less sympathetic because it wasn't possible to balance them completely and have the role reversal realistic.

[Edited on 2009-6-28 by Brownthumb]
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[*] posted on 6-30-2009 at 10:42 AM


Well, I think I want to try the head-hopping. It sounds interesting, especially since I'm becoming especially fond of these three other characters.

Dare: Include a character whose only purpose is to break the fourth wall. Constantly.




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[*] posted on 6-30-2009 at 11:10 AM


Stealing:
-the button phobia
-the upside-down dictionary
-kleptomaniac who steals shiny things and saves the day (perfect for the guy who got transformed into a crow)
-the right shoe saving the day.
-and I might have one of my characters break the fourth wall. But if someone else wants that dare, just let me know. I can go without it.

Leaving:
-have a character say to everyone else irritably, "And I suppose none of you have ever broken the law!"
BP is all the other characters look uncomfortable, because that's true.

-have someone use a dreamcatcher to save the day.

-have a bookmark be an essential plot clue

-in the middle of a tense situation, have someone get up and start making a comfort food (i.e., cookies, brownies, popcorn, etc.)

BP if the villain bursts in while they're eating, and it turns into a food fight
DBP if the villain sits down and eats comfort food with them, and this is the way your conflict is resolved




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[*] posted on 6-30-2009 at 11:17 AM


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-in the middle of a tense situation, have someone get up and start making a comfort food (i.e., cookies, brownies, popcorn, etc.)

BP if the villain bursts in while they're eating, and it turns into a food fight
DBP if the villain sits down and eats comfort food with them, and this is the way your conflict is resolved


Taking the comfort food, but leaving the food fight and conflict resolution through food.
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[*] posted on 6-30-2009 at 06:04 PM


Have two MCs elope and disappear from the plot, then return a week later sunburnt and not speaking to each other.

Have a character try to start a fight with the MC over the colour of his shoes

Have a character compare everything to types of stationary - e.g. the night was a dark as a fresh, black Sharpie or he t.
BP if this is the narrator.

Make God your narrator.
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[*] posted on 6-30-2009 at 07:16 PM


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Originally posted by Skadi
Have two MCs elope and disappear from the plot, then return a week later sunburnt and not speaking to each other.

Have a character try to start a fight with the MC over the colour of his shoes

Have a character compare everything to types of stationary - e.g. the night was a dark as a fresh, black Sharpie or he t.
BP if this is the narrator.

Make God your narrator.


Well, you could make the characters aware of the narrator's godlike control over the plot. :D

I don't know that I'll do that in this one, as it is a bit more serious. Anyway, I'll accept the first dare- it should be fun.
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