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[*] posted on 7-4-2009 at 02:36 PM


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Have a character with a phobia about buttons.

So basically anyone who's read Coraline.

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DARE: Have a recurring character whose sole line is "Yo soy el leche."
*fluent Spanish speaker is confused* ...But why are they the milk?

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DARE: Include at least three inside jokes you have with your friends.
-> Bonus points if you include them without context.
Oh, I will take that. I already have a lot of in-jokes to books, as well (But what could I write? FMC thinks. "BRB, joined mysterious organization"? FMC then cracks up, thinking of a group of people who do just that [VFD].


Some dares:

Have the characters meet a 'crazy' person who outlines the plot for them in terms they cannot understand but the reader can. ("Hail to thee, Ms Next, thou shalt be Bellman thereafter!" to take an example from The Well of Lost Plots.)
Bonus points if you don't use it as foreshadowing and they don't attach any significance to it ("Wow, there are a lot of weird people around. Yawn").
And yes, I do like putting stress on the Fourth Wall, why do you ask?

Have a character who experiences persistent hallucinations. Bonus points if these affect the plot. Double bonus points if the character is your narrator so the readers can't tell the difference.
(For the record, I have a hallucinating character, but with her it's more like "Hearing voices. Step one, stick fingers in ears. Can I still hear them? If so, ignore. Also, hello illusory fish." So I am not taking my own dare on either count.)

If your narrator is supposedly writing this all down (as a diary or something), I dare you to have them forget to note something important or only mention it in passing, leaving the significance to be revealed in the way of "Oh, whoops, that was significant?"

[Edited on 4//7//09 by C of Many Names]






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[*] posted on 7-4-2009 at 05:31 PM


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So basically anyone who's read Coraline.


Although I did read that book, some time ago, I don't remember anything about it. I was inspired by having read this article recently.

[Edited on 2009-7-4 by Brownthumb]
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[*] posted on 7-4-2009 at 05:38 PM


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So basically anyone who's read Coraline.


Although I did read that book, some time ago, I don't remember anything about it. I was inspired by having read this article recently.


Three words: Buttons. For. Eyes.






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[*] posted on 7-4-2009 at 06:17 PM


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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!


Taking this! One of my minor characters has been wanting to take over since day 1 (before I'd written a word about him!) but I wouldn't let him. >.> I'm giving my main character a bit longer of a chance to get interesting (you can do it, Emma!), and then giving my minor character a chapter to be important.

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[*] posted on 7-5-2009 at 04:01 AM


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Three words: Buttons. For. Eyes.


Oh yeah, I'm getting a vague recollection of that now. I can imagine that would be one of the books that haunts you if you read it when you're young. I read it as an adult and seem to have forgotten nearly all of it, although I remember Gaiman's books for adults quite well (Sandman, Neverwhere, Stardust).

Ps. You've inspired me to start a thread.

Pps. This is a dare thread, so I feel like I should leave a dare.

Dare: have a character who is completely obsessed with a particular book from her/his childhood, which still gives her/him nightmares and which s/he cannot remember the title of. If the character describes the story, it will be easily recognizable to others, but s/he will insist that's not the book because s/he read it the first time someone suggested it, and it is most certainly not the same.

Bonus: The book everyone is thinking of is so light-hearted that you can't imagine it disturbing even the most sensitive child. Nobody gets hurt, menaced, or even in trouble with a parent. Nobody even worries.

Double bonus: The book the character was thinking of really isn't the book everyone thinks it is, but another book (which actually exists) which has a similar plot.

Triple bonus: The book it really is isn't scary either.
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[*] posted on 7-7-2009 at 10:43 AM


Ok, I'm taking the DDR one and the one where a character is looking off in thought (my FMC does that a lot when she's got something on her mind).

And I'm leaving this beauty:
Have one of you characters say this during a night out to one of the other characters Mi bebida se siente sola. ¿Te gustaría acompañarme con la tuya?
BP if it's a character of the same gender.
DBP if the character understands what was said and responds in a good way




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[*] posted on 7-7-2009 at 05:06 PM


For you fantasy writers, (or who ever feels it would fit. It's just more amusing if it's not set in the real world type setting.)

Have a character comment on something that doesn't exist in your world.
Bonus points if it makes sense in context.
Double bonus points if no one questions it.
Triple bonus points if some one questions it and the character can come up with a reasonable explanation.

It's similar to something I'm using in mine, where my main character keeps making comments that reffer to Torchwood, Harry Potter or some other thing that would commonly be accepted as a valid comment by most people in my life. Except he's been transported to a different reality, so there's usually a pause while people give him, 'WTH?' looks. xD

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[*] posted on 7-8-2009 at 11:59 PM


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Dare: Have a character get mustard on the living room ceiling.
BP: The mustard did not get there as a result of a food fight.
(Note: I have had to clean mustard off the living room ceiling of a rental house, and have always wondered how it got there.)


Don't know about mustard, but my dad once got salad dressing or ketchup (I forget which) all over by shaking the bottle to mix it when my mom had already shaken it and loosened the top.

If anyone's still up for dares:

Dare: Have a male character who is so feminine he has to constantly--and I mean EVERY SCENE--convince someone he's straight (which he is), sometimes repeatedly.

Dare: Have a character who speaks in gibberish--not crazy, just gibberish. As in, "How are you?" "Banana." Not because s/he is crazy, but because they find it amusing.
BP if the gibberish appears to predict story events and the MC thinks this person is an oracle.
DBP if it turns out it really was gibberish all along.
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[*] posted on 7-15-2009 at 12:57 PM


Okay I've been waiting for someone to post something else but I guess I'll just dp it instead.

Dare Have a chatacter that is obsessed with martial arts
BP if they don't like fighting
DBP if they get in a fight anyways
TBP if they beat the person(s) without laying a finger on them (toes count as well so do weapons has to be no contact at all!!!;P) it's possible good luck;P




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[*] posted on 7-16-2009 at 09:11 AM


I have decided that for my Augno novel, I will use every dare in this thread to make up the plot. Every single dare that has been said throughout the whole month will have SOME part in my Augno novel. I think it will be the funnest novel to ever write. :D

Dare:

1) one of your characters use this quote, “Somehow life didn’t seem at all worth it, then hot guys came along”
BP if the character that says this is a guy (optinal joking or not)
DBP if the character is under then age of 9

2) have onf of your characters make refference to coffee being their only friend
BP if they say it in a serious manner
DBP if they say it in front of a large group of there closest friends
TBP if it is actually true
QBP if it is true and the mug of coffe starts talking to said character.

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[*] posted on 7-16-2009 at 09:18 AM


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



I so beyond accept this one! Anyone else?


Also. :D


I did this one! I got the 1k by the 1st because... *drumroll* I started three days early *heehee* I couldn't wait to star my next book so... I had 6k by July 1st




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[*] posted on 7-16-2009 at 05:36 PM


I am going to try and work in the dream catcher saves the day, bookmark as an essential plot clue, and a hyper depressed person that steals a hat and won't give it back (I already have the character and that scene would be so adorable!)

Leaving...
Have two people that look like they're related and think they're related actually not be related at all
BP if they become a couple
DBP if they were already a couple when they thought they were related
TBP if the reason they're not related actually makes sense in the real world even if you do have technology/magick at your disposal.
QBP if either of them are your main character and knowing they're not related is actually crucial to the plot (other than the fact that it makes them easier to be a couple)

^Kind of the opposite of Luke and Leia I suppose. I'm actually doing this in my novel except for that last bit. They're side characters.
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[*] posted on 7-16-2009 at 11:08 PM


I love these!

What can I leave behind after I've made a footprint on the thread?

Dare: A character searches the internet and finds out about JulNoWriMo and then finds out they exist only to aid your 50,000 word count goal.
BP - The character must always speak in non-contractions to further produce a lofty word count and they're frustrated about it. (Your choice if they break the fourth wall or communicate with the narrator)

Another Dare: Include the line "Be glad you're not a Ninja Turtle"

[Edited on 7-17-2009 by ViolaGrl19]
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[*] posted on 7-17-2009 at 12:03 AM


So stealing the "Be glad you're not a Ninja Turtle." lmao I could so imagine my character saying that. The best thing is not only would nobody have any clue what she's referring to but... I may very well be able to get away with bringing in an actual ninja turtle XD

Okay... now to leave something behind...

Dare: while writing a fight scene assign numbers to the probability of a character hitting. Example, if character A rolls a 2 or higher they'll hit. But character B has to roll a 5 or a 6. (there are tons of different dice so don't feel you have to use a d6)
BP if you use didn't numbers depending on what kind of attack they're doing
TBP if you do this for every single fight (from here on out)
QBP if you start rolling to see if they'll notice things, will catch something, etc
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[*] posted on 7-17-2009 at 12:59 AM


To follow FantasyFreak:

Dare: Next time you have a fight scene, write it in the a parody of DnD or another tabletop RPG.
Example: Villain starts to attack; good guy holds up his hand and says "Wait! Roll for initiative!"
Then, the villain tells the good guy to "Roll d20" for an attack and says "Hah! Only a 7! Even with your bonus, your attack glances off my armor!"
Etc.
BP if you write the whole fight scene this way.
DBP if you actually roll like FantasyFreak dared and determine the outcome of the fight that way.
TBP if everyone acts like this is perfectly normal.

(I always imagine this in my DnD group... I really want to see someone write it. Otherwise, I'll have to, and fight scenes are neither my forte nor do they naturally work themselves into my stories.)

Also, I may steal "Somehow, life didn't seem at all worth it..." with the first BP. One of my characters would happily say that--and mean it, too. :)

[Edited on 17-7-2009 by Itzika]
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[*] posted on 7-17-2009 at 04:00 AM


Dare: Have a character add 'ie' to the end of words. (eg. Yesie, Whatie, Thankies)
BP- if they add 'ie' to EVERY word. (eg. Yesie, Iie Havie beenie shoppingie)
DBP- if the character pops up in the story just to say a 'ie' word.
TBP- if the 'ie' words start a major fight between characters.
QBP- if the 'ie' words are somehow a major part of the plot and saves the day.




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[*] posted on 7-17-2009 at 12:18 PM


Itzika:

In a story I wanna write eventually (once I've collected enough ideas) I actually plan on doing that. I have also done my dare before for a short story. It's a lot of fun. Especially since my character was rolling great while fighting but he failed on his spot check right afterwards and got snuck up on *laugh*
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[*] posted on 7-17-2009 at 12:41 PM


Dare: Kill one of your characters... right now!
BP: if it's a character that the MC knows
DBP: If they die because the floor collapses and they fall or if a tree falls on them for no reason
TBP: If it's the MC that dies
QBP: If more then one character died
Ummm... more bonus points: If everyone on the scene dies :D




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[*] posted on 7-27-2009 at 03:10 PM


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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!



Definitely taking this one! Thanks!




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