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Unread 09-20-2011, 09:15 AM   #31
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I have a few ideas for quirky things to do with my novel. I don't know if I'll do them or not. Others are welcome to steal of course.

1. No names. Refer to every character by some nickname based on the situation in which the MC meets them. For example, someone met in a coffee shop could be referred to as Coffee Girl.

2. Have 25 chapters, named The X, where each X is one of the 25 most common nouns in English in descending order of frequency. So the chapter names would be: The Time, The Person, The Year, The Way, The Day, The Thing, The Man, The World, The Life, The Hand, The Part, The Child, The Eye, The Woman, The Place, The Work, The Week, The Case, The Point, The Government, The Company, The Number, The Group, The Problem, The Fact.
The is an interesting idea sir. It would be funny.

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Unread 09-20-2011, 09:31 AM   #32
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I'm starting to seriously think about what I want to do. I've got an outline for a novel that I was going to do a couple of years ago that never got written. I think I'm going to pull it out. If you are familiar with NaNo you know that they have threads where people "dare" each other to add certain elements into their novels. I constructed an entire story based solely on dares and never wrote it. I think it's time.

It's kind of an absurdist crime thing (a la Elmore Leonard or Carl Hiaasen).
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Unread 09-20-2011, 11:55 AM   #33
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I have a few ideas for quirky things to do with my novel. I don't know if I'll do them or not. Others are welcome to steal of course.

1. No names. Refer to every character by some nickname based on the situation in which the MC meets them. For example, someone met in a coffee shop could be referred to as Coffee Girl.

2. Have 25 chapters, named The X, where each X is one of the 25 most common nouns in English in descending order of frequency. So the chapter names would be: The Time, The Person, The Year, The Way, The Day, The Thing, The Man, The World, The Life, The Hand, The Part, The Child, The Eye, The Woman, The Place, The Work, The Week, The Case, The Point, The Government, The Company, The Number, The Group, The Problem, The Fact.
I wish I was this clever.
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Unread 09-20-2011, 12:03 PM   #34
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I had started two novels in the past. One was a futuristic dystopia whose scope was beyond my talent at the time. The other was a first person tale in which I sought to embody the essence of those classic adventure video games, like Legend of Zelda, but set in modern times. I think I might try the former over again. It was a lot of fun.
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I'm starting to seriously think about what I want to do. I've got an outline for a novel that I was going to do a couple of years ago that never got written. I think I'm going to pull it out. If you are familiar with NaNo you know that they have threads where people "dare" each other to add certain elements into their novels. I constructed an entire story based solely on dares and never wrote it. I think it's time.

It's kind of an absurdist crime thing (a la Elmore Leonard or Carl Hiaasen).
Here's the outline I've got...if you're curious.



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I Dare You: The Novel
Part One: Ben Is Never Home

opening line: "Dude, you're bleeding!" by Jamie 2

Ben is a struggling writer who also plays guitar and sings in a band called The 80s Death Revue. His wardrobe consists of four pairs of black pants and several black t-shirts, his favorite being the one that reads: I Beat Up Your Girlfriend

His best friend is named Jamie Morris, and he is obsessed with discount coupons. He plays drums in The 80s Death Revue.

The bassist for T80sDR is Jamie Weaver, he likes to randomly shout out, "Hey, don't put mustard on that cat."

Ben has a cat named Jamie, that is named after, you guessed it. Ben spends a great deal of time talking to Jamie the cat. JTC thinks Ben is out of his mind.

Ben's brother is named Tommy, but everyone calls him Pee Wee. Pee Wee is convinced that the word "Swick" is an actual word meaning "cool".

Ben's favorite place to eat is the Burger Bucket. He eats there several times a week and has befriended the elderly guy [named John] that works there.

Ben meets an old school mate named George, who has managed to get himself stuck in a tree. Ben promises to go get help but is distracted by a girl he meets named Jamie Sullivan.

Queen song: "Radio Ga Ga"


Part Two: Free Beer

opening line: "What do you mean it was like that when you found it?" by Pee Wee

The 80s Death Revue has a sold-out show at the local club, "Zoom-Daddy's".

Ben, Pee Wee, Jamie, Jamie and Jamie are all sitting around tossing back beers. They get into a heated discussion over whether or not Batman and Robin were gay. This conversation leads to a very silly segment where they brainstorm names for having sex.

Ben gets very plastered and finds himself staring at the mirror pondering life, he comes to the conclusion that he might be a character in a poorly written novel.

Queen song: "I Want It All"


Part Three: Stairwells Are For Lovers

opening line: "My id and superego hate each other." by Jamie 3

After the disasterous show at "Zoom-Daddy's", Jamie and Jamie quit the band. They leave Ben alone to wallow in his pity. They are tragically killed by John after he is fired from Burger Bucket.

As Ben is walking home he is struck by a runaway car. While in a coma, he meets the author of the novel and it is revealed to him that he is nothing more than a shallow attempt to meet a 50,000 word deadline. He is sent back to complete the story and keep the author from being a total loser.

Jamie 3 has narrowly escaped from John and finds Ben. They run from John and

ending one: John corners them and kills Jamie while quoting “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Ben, in a fit of rage, confronts the author and kills himself short of the 50,000 word limit

ending two: They kill John and share a sappy moment.

50,000 word limit is surpassed and the author rewards the couple with untold riches.

George still stuck in tree.
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For some reason, that outline strikes me as the making of a more traditional novel counterpart to the Scott Pilgrim books
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Never read them. Are they good?
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I better get to read your book when you're done, Lee, because I'm enthralled.
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Dang. That means I actually have to write it this time...huh?
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Unread 09-20-2011, 12:36 PM   #40
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I've been working on a novel for about 3 years or so, but I can't imagine trying to write 50,000 words in a month! It's taken me this long to get to 16,000.

Thrash, Baptists figure prominently in my novel. It's a post-apocalyptic science fiction book.
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Unread 09-20-2011, 12:53 PM   #42
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I've never read them either, just seen the movie based on them, which is supposedly very faithful to the source material. The story is rather mindless fun that possesses a constant awareness of its own absurdity.
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Unread 09-20-2011, 03:36 PM   #43
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I think the movie sucks. All the graphic novels are AWESOME until the last one, where everything pretty much falls apart.
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Unread 09-20-2011, 07:08 PM   #44
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I've been working on a novel for about 3 years or so, but I can't imagine trying to write 50,000 words in a month! It's taken me this long to get to 16,000.

Thrash, Baptists figure prominently in my novel. It's a post-apocalyptic science fiction book.
Very interested in your novel!

I bought a book on a whim from Hastings because it had a post-apocalyptic look to it. It was pretty interesting because it chronicled, mainly, Wiccans...

But, I think Baptists is a much better idea....

Even better, Anabaptists.
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We should come up with some exercises to prepare for the big month. Perhaps a few prompts that we all write on.
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