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Title: We are going to write a book.
Post by: GeeBeezy on November 22, 2014, 12:08:29 PM
We are going to write a book.

Everyone pitch in their ideas and we'll cobble a masterpiece out of them and post the result chapter by chapter.
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Post by: Catvomitsky on November 22, 2014, 12:38:52 PM
The title of this thread makes me so happy ;D

How exactly will we go about this?
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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 22, 2014, 12:43:38 PM
Well, first step, world building.

How about the world is actually one giant road? Mountains, kingdoms everything. But all designed to reach a destination like in Pilgrims Progress?
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Post by: Catvomitsky on November 22, 2014, 12:47:48 PM
And you said you were bad at making plans ::)

I don't know what Pilgrims Progress is, but that sounds like a juicy idea. Would the people who travel the road know what lies at the end or is that a mystery? Maybe he book could center around what would happen if someone deviated from the road?
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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 22, 2014, 12:52:45 PM
Possible, maybe the road should curve but be millions of kilometers long? Seeing as the human eye can spot stars that far away imagine and endless series of loops falling away into the distance.

Maybe God/heaven is at the other end?
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Post by: Catvomitsky on November 22, 2014, 12:56:10 PM
If the road is millions of km long, how would one reach the end?
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Post by: holywalrus2 on November 22, 2014, 12:58:04 PM
Is the road of this world manmade/finite, or supernatural/infinite?
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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 22, 2014, 12:58:54 PM
They could all be immortal unless killed, at which point they reappear at the start of the journey but stronger. In which case A:the road might not have an end, the Journey is literally the destination
B:the road might be circular

Supernatural I think.
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Post by: Catvomitsky on November 22, 2014, 01:02:04 PM
Ooh maybe the destination is the beginning/ there is no destination but people don't realize that they're traveling in a circle since the world changes so much in between the times they visit the same point.
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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 22, 2014, 01:03:06 PM
YES.

Which begs the question, if the road is infinite, eternal, is the beginning and the end, and is the purpose and source of all life, what if the road is God?
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Post by: holywalrus2 on November 22, 2014, 01:04:12 PM
This sounds like a concept I came up with once, which makes me happy. (which I came up with whilst driving on a road that literally had no exits for like half an hour I swear to god it felt like the afterlife except the fiery flames of hell would probably be better respite than that.) Great minds think alike, obviously.

Okay, is the world around the road modern, pseudo-medieval, or what? I think making a unique setting could make this idea really interesting. Also is it traversed by foot, car, dragon, fantasy creature that has yet to be imagined? 
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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 22, 2014, 01:07:13 PM
If this world is ever changing I don't think that technological advancement would really be possible, probably something closer to magic. As for cultures, they would probably be composed of groups that have banded together for safety.
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Post by: Catvomitsky on November 22, 2014, 01:09:51 PM
Since the road is infinite and has neither a beginning nor an end, I don't think it should be specific to any time period. It can't feel too chronologically rooted.

And If the road is the source of all life and leads to itself and nowhere at the same time, that raises the question of, what happens if one leaves the road? Is there anything out there?

I can see the people believing that the destination is God, to give themselves a reason to continue, and they don't realize that the road is God and therefor it's own destination.
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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 22, 2014, 01:12:14 PM

And If the road is the source of all life and leads to itself and nowhere at the same time, that raises the question of, what happens if one leaves the road? Is there anything out there?

I can see the people believing that the destination is God, to give themselves a reason to continue, and they don't realize that the road is God and therefor it's own destination.

Outside of the road I would imagine and endless void, light comes from every direction at once, the road loops back on itself so many times that it all but fills the sky.

Also, that would make a statement about that worlds God, he wants his children to know him, and he apparently wants to share their lives and have them understand that they need him.
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Post by: Catvomitsky on November 22, 2014, 01:13:43 PM
So, how would our protagonist(s) discover the truth about the road?
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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 22, 2014, 01:16:49 PM
Maybe they don't? Or maybe it's only after millions of years?
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Post by: Catvomitsky on November 22, 2014, 01:19:06 PM
So, how will our readers learn the truth about the road if not through the eyes of our protagonist(s)?
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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 22, 2014, 01:20:41 PM
Conjecture? People still aren't sure about the real worlds truth. Maybe the road itself could be a pov character? Or maybe it disguises itself as people and helps out sometimes?
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Post by: holywalrus2 on November 22, 2014, 01:25:41 PM
Perhaps it's only (heavily) implied, or maybe the novel could switch protags throughout the aeons. Like one in the world's beginning, one later, another, etc. etc.. And it could even be that the characters are reincarnated, or have something linking all of them despite the huge amounts of time separating them. This story sounds like it might focus more on the road than the characters, so we could use the characters just for an exposition on the history of the world. 
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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 22, 2014, 01:26:38 PM
That sounds good, after all, if they go back to the start every time they die but the start is constantly changing, then they could experience it differently every time.
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Post by: holywalrus2 on November 22, 2014, 01:28:03 PM
OOOOOHHH YES. I LOVE STUFF LIKE THAT. ARTISTIC REPETITION AND THE LIKE. BASICALLY ALL OF MY FAVORITE THINGS HAVE THAT ELEMENT TO THEM.
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Post by: Catvomitsky on November 22, 2014, 01:29:20 PM
Yeah I can see the road being sort of a narrator in parts, maybe in third person omniscient?

So, who are our characters? One protagonist or a compilation of several? They could all be introduced separately, in alternating chapters perhaps, and then slowly the common thread between them could revealed, along with the truth about the road? Then only the reader would get the full picture, and learn about the road through the eyes of different characters.
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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 22, 2014, 01:29:55 PM
I KNOW. And imagine someone like looking over the edge at one point and like a million kilometers below them they see where they began becoming an ocean as the whole road continues like a conveyor belt but changing constantly.

And yeah cat, they should be like a culture of about five people I think.
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Post by: holywalrus2 on November 22, 2014, 01:32:19 PM
Yeah, and it'd be really cool for all of the characters to be all alone on their journey. It makes the road ever more maddening.

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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 22, 2014, 01:33:24 PM
Yeah, but maybe an occasional angel the size of a planet leans over the edge to give them advice.
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Post by: holywalrus2 on November 22, 2014, 01:34:30 PM
Hmmm. It has to be the scary kind of angel though, all flames and multiple eyes rather than harps and purity or whatever. :P
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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 22, 2014, 01:36:01 PM
Well the people themselves really shouldn't be human, so for the angels I'm thinking gigantic eyeless humanoids composed of magnetic fluid that changes shape to fit their moods. And they drift between the loops of the road causing high tide in the bodies of water.
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Post by: Catvomitsky on November 22, 2014, 01:36:27 PM
OOOHHH imagine someone getting severely injured and they're slowly crawling along and the place they die at is the place they started.

Or someone falling off the road and seeing everywhere they've been and ever will be.

Or dying and leaving someone behind when you're transported to another starting poit, then a thousand years later through your various life cycles, you both end up in the same point again and even pass each other but don't recognize each other because you've changed just as much as the road has

Oh, I love this.
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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 22, 2014, 01:39:14 PM
YES. Or imagine that there's actually a religion that occurs throughout the road where people jump just to see the world.
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Post by: holywalrus2 on November 22, 2014, 01:41:32 PM
Oh yes. Walrus likes very much.

I like the separate timelines idea. If different people write different plotlines, it gives a lot of room for describing the world changing around the road.

There should always be constants within the journeys, though. The presence of the angel, the appearance of the road itself... anything else? And in like the final part, one of those changes drastically.

Hmmmmmm... What if the road is one big experiment, too?

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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 22, 2014, 01:43:54 PM
What if one person just stays in one spot. For over a billion years. Just letting the road move on with them on it, just to see if it has an ending?

Or what if he finds that it does?
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Post by: holywalrus2 on November 22, 2014, 01:45:44 PM
Ooooh.

So is this going to be a HUGE cast of characters, or just a couple? I mean, again, we're not really looking to develop the characters so much as the world around them.
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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 22, 2014, 01:49:04 PM
Well, if the characters were sentient landscapes then they would change as the road did.
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Post by: holywalrus2 on November 22, 2014, 01:50:56 PM
Eeeh, I'm not too excited about that idea, because I feel like writing a semi-sentient humanoid (not necessarily a human) would make the story a little less... Abstract. 
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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 22, 2014, 01:52:02 PM
Fair enough, watch a playthrough of the game Journey.
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Post by: holywalrus2 on November 22, 2014, 01:53:44 PM
I have! That game was absolutely beautiful.
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Post by: Catvomitsky on November 22, 2014, 01:56:18 PM
The audience does need some characters with human emotions to relate to.

If we have a huge cast of characters (or even just a couple), some of them could try to "solve" the road. I like your idea of staying in one place for a billion years. What if someone went backwards, in the opposite direction of everyone else? What if someone tried to reach out across the entire road?

Walrus, for some reason your experiment idea reminds me of the maze runner...
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Post by: holywalrus2 on November 22, 2014, 01:59:59 PM
Oh, yeah, it is similar to that, isn't it? My bad. :P

Oooh, maybe there could be a character that's intensely rational and tries everything to figure out the secret of the road because they have an obsession with being right? And they'd do absolutely anything to solve it, including risking their own lives and killing the few surviving sentient beings, or something else crazy or immoral.
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Post by: holywalrus2 on November 22, 2014, 02:06:18 PM
Also before I go to sleep, I'd like to mention that this gives me a kind of SCP Foundation vibe, except on a larger scale. Also the angel idea made me immediately think of Neon Genesis Evangelion whoops
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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 22, 2014, 02:06:56 PM
Our official point of reference from now on is evangellion
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Post by: Catvomitsky on November 22, 2014, 02:53:42 PM
except idk what evangelion is
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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 22, 2014, 02:54:59 PM
Canned mind rape.
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Post by: Catvomitsky on November 22, 2014, 02:56:46 PM
Wait wat
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 22, 2014, 04:22:09 PM
OKAY I MISSED THIS SOMEHOW UNTIL NOW BUT THIS IDEA IS SERIOUSLY GIVING ME SHIVERS SO I WANT IN IF I'M NOT TO LATE.
I have been too caps-lock heavy as of late. But seriously, this sounds sooo awesome O_O
But perhaps any actual writing should be saved for after Novemeber ends?
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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 22, 2014, 06:31:53 PM
YES.

But if anyone has ideas go ahead and post them.
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 23, 2014, 01:37:29 AM
I have a few, but first I want to make sure I understand the ideas already there because I read them sort of quickly: It's all on a road, and the people on the road don't know where it goes but they're all trying to find put, but in reality the road is just an enormous circle, and it goes around forever, and there are things outside the road but for the most part nobody dares go off of it, and the road is pretty much God?
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Post by: holywalrus2 on November 23, 2014, 04:58:55 AM
Yeah, and also the world is constantly changing.
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 23, 2014, 05:05:12 AM
Is the road constandly changing, or are the people constantly walking to new areas of it?
And should the Road be capitalized or left lowercase?
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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 23, 2014, 11:26:30 AM
The Road [yeah lets capitalise it] is wider than the planet earth, bends back on itself countless times and goes on for billions of light years, it's curves fill the sky instead of stars and it is patrolled by angels the size of planets that cause high tides in the watery zones. The Road is God who has taken the form of a landscape so that his Creations can spend Eternity with him learning of his nature firsthand. Everyone on the Road is immortal in that when they die they return to the beginning point.
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 23, 2014, 11:41:14 AM
Do the people on the Road have children or do they just die and then return to the starting point? If the Road is as wide as Earth, how can people tell it's a road at all?
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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 23, 2014, 11:48:47 AM
Because you can walk to the edges of it and you can see it in the sky. Also, people tend to jump off the edge when they get bored.
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Post by: Catvomitsky on November 23, 2014, 11:52:07 AM
Wait so people don't break off and live on the road?
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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 23, 2014, 11:53:33 AM
They can, we call them "Cultures" but the road is constantly plagued by powerful tectonic shifts, it's kinda like a giant conveyor belt, bcause of this, Cultures tend toward nomadic lifestyles, travelling in one direction along the road.
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 23, 2014, 12:01:52 PM
Because you can walk to the edges of it and you can see it in the sky. Also, people tend to jump off the edge when they get bored.
But people used to think there was an edge to the Earth and nobody ever thought it was a road ???
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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 23, 2014, 12:02:56 PM
I mean they have physically walked to the edges, these people are immortal, they have had millions of years to do these things.
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 23, 2014, 12:05:21 PM
Oh, okay :P So they've just had long enough to figure out that it is very, very wide but even more very, very long?
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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 23, 2014, 12:06:00 PM
Light years long.
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 23, 2014, 12:07:37 PM
Yes. So very, very long.
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Post by: GeeBeezy on November 23, 2014, 12:08:42 PM
Yes.
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Post by: GeeBeezy on December 12, 2014, 11:24:16 AM
REAAAAALLY LONG
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Post by: Catvomitsky on December 12, 2014, 11:24:55 AM
I was wondering when this would be revived. You guys are done with NaNo, right?
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Post by: GeeBeezy on December 12, 2014, 11:27:05 AM
All but meeeee  :'(
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Post by: Catvomitsky on December 12, 2014, 11:28:25 AM
Don't worry, you're not alone.

So, aee we going to start writing  or we still in the brainstorming stages?
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Post by: GeeBeezy on December 12, 2014, 11:30:55 AM
BRAAAAAINSTOOOOOORM
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Post by: Catvomitsky on December 12, 2014, 11:31:28 AM
'Kay XD

So, where were we?
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on December 12, 2014, 11:33:34 AM
I'm all done with NaNo :)
And this idea is still awesome :)
So, I think the gist of it is that we have a road and the road is the world and it's monitered by scary angels and people are sort of immortal but I can't remember what the sort of part was. And I don't think we had plot or characters yet.
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Post by: Flashman on December 22, 2014, 03:39:27 AM
Maybe we could od it as an "Odyssey" type thing? Like, a group of people don't get along, they drive into some backwoods, and they end up on some weird trash-dimensional highway?
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Post by: GeeBeezy on December 22, 2014, 10:12:29 AM
I was thinking it would be about creatures native to the road itself.
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Post by: GeeBeezy on December 27, 2014, 11:32:13 AM
The story can have a beginning and an end, it doesn't mean the road has to.
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Post by: GeeBeezy on September 17, 2015, 04:49:23 PM
You know what? Let's bring this back :D Where do people first appear on the road?
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on September 17, 2015, 11:54:08 PM
Maybe it could start with somebody's resurrection at the start of the Road and an explanation of how this has happened over and over and over again, and the drive to find the end of the Road. That would set up the world and character motivation and still be a beginning point.

Also, do people on the Road die of old age, or do they have to be killed/starve/get sick/ whatever?

Also also, do you guys want an ensemble cast or just one or a few main characters? My vote is for an ensemble cast, I think it would be cool to show several viewpoints on the situation. Like, one person could be hopeful about finding the end of the Road, one person could think they'll never get there, one person could think there just isn't an end, one person could believe in an end but think it's not worth finding, one person could just want to know what was over the edge, one person could just want to settle somewhere and live a peaceful life and be satisfied knowing they'll never solve all the world's mysteries, maybe there's someone who doesn't believe in the angels, etc.

Also also also, what sorts of religions are there in this world? That'll probably be relevant. Light-years-long roads and planet-sized angels would probably give way to a lot of speculation about supernatural causes.
And on that note, what scientific developments are there? Is everyone still walking to the end of the Road, or do they have wheeled vehicles animals can pull, or maybe something mechanical with pedals, something wind powered, maybe motorized vehicles? A society based around getting to the end of something and having millions of years to do it woud probably do something to make it easier. But not having settled anywhere could probably make it harder.

Also also also also, how worried are people about food if they just ressurect when they die? I mean, death is more of an annoyance than a really awful thing, but it's still probably a big deal, especially further down the Road.

And finally, should they ever find the end of the Road and what should be there?

This is just me going through my brainstorm process but in complete sentences :P
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Post by: GeeBeezy on September 18, 2015, 01:18:04 PM
Religions would probably be few, and similar but distinct. I mean, if you all know exactly what the world is like and literally have divine messengers drifting around there are some things you're all gonna agree on. I think the biggest differences would be in terms of purpose and agenda; stay put, move up the road, move down the road, jump off the road, worship the angels, worship yourself that sort of thing.
As for food and drink, well, death is an annoyance but starvation is slow and agonizing, just because you'll come back from it doesn't make it less scary.
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on September 18, 2015, 01:19:15 PM
True. So they probably worry about starvation.
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Post by: GeeBeezy on September 18, 2015, 01:20:39 PM
Yeah. Death sentence? Meh, slow death sentence? Horry sheet
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on September 30, 2015, 12:27:16 PM
Oookay so I sort of accidentally-on-purpose did a full-on brainstorm session in my notebook for this ._.


First of all, I wrote a thing that could maybe be like the blurb on the back cover/the online equivalent or possibly the beginning of the book? Basically it just summarizes the idea but while sounding kinda nice I think:

The Road is immense. It is worlds wide and an eternity long, though the people have an eternity to discover it. Watched by equally immense, monsterous angels, the Road is where these people will live, die, and be born again. The Road encompasses the sky with its endless twists and turns. There is nothing beyond the Road. Many have attempted to venture over the edge, though none have returned. There is only one way to go, only one force driving the people of the Road:

To find the End.

(I think capitalizing the End looks nice, anyway)


And now for the brainstormy part: I was thinking it could be cool to have seperate chapters be largely separate stories told from the perspectives of individuals in various groups and time periods over the entire history of the Road, probabky with the chapters arranged chronologically, maybe not. That way we could share a big variety of perspectives that people as a whole have on the whole Road thing (what the meaning of it is, how to find the End, if finding the End is even worthwhile, etc), along with the perspectives individuals have on those perspectives (World History is having a big effect on my writing .-.). And of course, the stories should tie in to each other somehow, like we could have one story about someone who breaks away from the dominant beliefs of their culture and founds something based around their beliefs instead, and a later story about someone in that new thing a few hundred years later.

We could also have some chapters that were super action-packed (like chapters where characters jump over the edge, come tantalizingly close to the End, encounter angels, etc.), and other chapters that were more about development of society on the Road (like the example I mentioned before about the foundation of a new way of thinking) and still more chapters that are very focused on thought and maybe even entirely people just musing about the Road (Walrus's (I think it was Walrus) idea about the guy who just sits on the Road and lets it take him places could be like that).

Also, there could be some chapters that aren't necessarily garunteed fact, but are myths and ledgends told in various cultures/societies on the Road (the guy who just sits on the Road could probably be one of those, too)

I also think it could be cool to in between those chapters put short (like, a paragraph) chapters from the PoV of the Road itself that gives a very general and very objective view and hints at things without totally giving them away.

And as far as technical bits, I was thinking 2,000-3,000 words (10-15 pages, I think) for regular chapters and like 100-200 words for the Road's chapters. I also would think limited 3rd person for regular chapters and 3rd person objective for the Road chapters (or you could still think of it as limited 3rd person, just from the PoV of a character that doesn't think (unless the Road does think O-O), so it's basically the same thing).

Finally, did we decide on if the Road really does end and if/how we're going to show that?

And some bullet points that I couldn't fit into the summary/am proud of my wording on:
- "a veiw of the creations and falls, triumphs and defeats, advancements and regressions of cultures and worlds through the eons, as experienced by the ordinary and the extraordinary people who were part of them"
- a chapter from the perspective of a young child could be interesting
- should we use real or made-up names? Using real ones feels kinda appropriative
- maybe instead of angels they could just be called They and Them with a capital T ("angel" has positive and peaceful connotations to me)


There's my brain barf anyway .-. I've never tried to summarize my brainstorms before, that was interesting. And not actually much shorter than the actual brainstorm. I had to add stuff too so my ideas actually made sense to other people ._.
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Post by: GeeBeezy on September 30, 2015, 12:44:29 PM
Dang ur efficient 0.0
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on September 30, 2015, 12:46:02 PM
No I just write down everything without thinking about whether it's actually a good idea or not :P
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Post by: GeeBeezy on September 30, 2015, 12:48:35 PM
itis bootiful
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Post by: Catvomitsky on September 30, 2015, 09:54:11 PM
WoaaaH that's a lot of planning and I will read all of this later 0.0
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on October 01, 2015, 02:24:13 AM
It's less planning and more a bunch of suggestions. But cool!
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on January 22, 2016, 06:15:32 AM
*pokes this thread because I still totally want to do this*
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Post by: Chairlegs 2.0 on January 31, 2016, 04:10:13 PM
Just saying
You guys have to thrown in an old man in there...
The old man that happens to know the of the dangers of leaving the road
cos he has seen them, he must warn people
To never venture outside the road, for the road does have an end
somewhere out there, he knows because he has been there
The beasts that live inside his mind, the memories, telling him everyday to stay.
that what lies outside the road is meaningless
that whoever built the road was either mad, or a genius

In the end he happens to be the protagonist, just older.
There is my contribution
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on January 31, 2016, 04:11:00 PM
That could be awesome O_O
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Post by: Mulon1980 on August 30, 2016, 02:32:39 AM
Oookay so I sort of accidentally-on-purpose did a full-on brainstorm session in my notebook for this ._.


First of all, I wrote a thing that could maybe be like the blurb on the back cover/the online equivalent or possibly the beginning of the book? Basically it just summarizes the idea but while sounding kinda nice I think:

The Road is immense. It is worlds wide and an eternity long, though the people have an eternity to discover it. Watched by equally immense, monsterous angels, the Road is where these people will live, die, and be born again. The Road encompasses the sky with its endless twists and turns. There is nothing beyond the Road. Many have attempted to venture over the edge, though none have returned. There is only one way to go, only one force driving the people of the Road:

To find the End.

(I think capitalizing the End looks nice, anyway)


And now for the brainstormy part: I was thinking it could be cool to have seperate chapters be largely separate stories told from the perspectives of individuals in various groups and time periods over the entire history of the Road, probabky with the chapters arranged chronologically, maybe not. That way we could share a big variety of perspectives that people as a whole have on the whole Road thing (what the meaning of it is, how to find the End, if finding the End is even worthwhile, etc), along with the perspectives individuals have on those perspectives (World History is having a big effect on my writing .-.). And of course, the stories should tie in to each other somehow, like we could have one story about someone who breaks away from the dominant beliefs of their culture and founds something based around their beliefs instead, and a later story about someone in that new thing a few hundred years later.

We could also have some chapters that were super action-packed (like chapters where characters jump over the edge, come tantalizingly close to the End, encounter angels, etc.), and other chapters that were more about development of society on the Road (like the example I mentioned before about the foundation of a new way of thinking) and still more chapters that are very focused on thought and maybe even entirely people just musing about the Road (Walrus's (I think it was Walrus) idea about the guy who just sits on the Road and lets it take him places could be like that).

Also, there could be some chapters that aren't necessarily garunteed fact, but are myths and ledgends told in various cultures/societies on the Road (the guy who just sits on the Road could probably be one of those, too)

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And as far as technical bits, I was thinking 2,000-3,000 words (10-15 pages, I think) for regular chapters and like 100-200 words for the Road's chapters. I also would think limited 3rd person for regular chapters and 3rd person objective for the Road chapters (or you could still think of it as limited 3rd person, just from the PoV of a character that doesn't think (unless the Road does think O-O), so it's basically the same thing).

Finally, did we decide on if the Road really does end and if/how we're going to show that?

And some bullet points that I couldn't fit into the summary/am proud of my wording on:
- "a veiw of the creations and falls, triumphs and defeats, advancements and regressions of cultures and worlds through the eons, as experienced by the ordinary and the extraordinary people who were part of them"
- a chapter from the perspective of a young child could be interesting
- should we use real or made-up names? Using real ones feels kinda appropriative
- maybe instead of angels they could just be called They and Them with a capital T ("angel" has positive and peaceful connotations to me)


There's my brain barf anyway .-. I've never tried to summarize my brainstorms before, that was interesting. And not actually much shorter than the actual brainstorm. I had to add stuff too so my ideas actually made sense to other people ._.

No I just write down everything without thinking about whether it's actually a good idea or not :P
Title: Re: We are going to write a book.
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on August 30, 2016, 02:44:34 AM
No I just write down everything without thinking about whether it's actually a good idea or not :P
Uh

Anyway I actually was thinking of bringing this thread back because I am still interested in doing this if you all are
Title: Re: We are going to write a book.
Post by: Catvomitsky on August 30, 2016, 02:58:28 AM
We should do it for NaNo
Title: Re: We are going to write a book.
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on August 30, 2016, 03:10:39 AM
I was thinking the same thing. It might be kind of hard to coordinate though. And I might want to write something else for NaNo so I don't even know :P
Title: Re: We are going to write a book.
Post by: Catvomitsky on August 30, 2016, 05:10:28 AM
Iiiii doubt I will have time to write a full novel for NaNo considering how my school life is going so far so but I'd like to do this
Title: Re: We are going to write a book.
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on August 30, 2016, 05:27:29 AM
That is totally understandable. If you do write something for this I'd love to read it, though!
Title: Re: We are going to write a book.
Post by: GeeBeezy on September 03, 2016, 10:46:02 PM
How about we each do a chapter for Nano?
Title: Re: We are going to write a book.
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on September 04, 2016, 01:02:32 AM
Like just a few thousand words? That could work.