posted on Nov, 5 2003 @ 01:44 PM
One of the most interesting issues in Collaborative Fiction is the instruction not to collaborate on it with ATS members.
I have these suggestions:
1. Plan the end of the story as you would see it. If you have been carrying the thing, then gently steer it in the direction you have had the vision
of, but certainly allow for the twists and turns.
2. The title including "24 Hours" doesn't mean that the whole plot has to be resolved around those 24 hours, does it? It just means that they are
the core period in which certain impactful events would have affected the lives of the protagonists.
3. Think about the reader attention span and who your audience is. Look at the average drop-off in interest in topics at ATS in general, and how much
the story can be carried through everything else that people might be doing or reading.
My opinion is three weeks is probably the max for a story to be carried out and resolved. People probably understand you have a vision for the thing
now, so, as I say, you might gently keep it on track with a bit of foreshadowing here and there and some immutable things (although it does get a bit
harder with multiple resurrections).