Hello, writer friends!
My friend and I often play a little writing game that goes something like this:
Step one: Person A finds a tiara (or similar accessory) on Etsy.
Step two: Person B writes a short story, ficlet, or bio about the person/creature who might have owned the item. The key is to write a character that embodies the aesthetic or “vibe” of the item.
Step three: Repeat, but this time Person B picks the tiara/accessory and Person A writes the story.
It’s a fun game and a helpful writing exercise! Plus, a round of this game once led me to write an entire novel, which ended up winning a national award!
I was thinking that we could play a similar game here, but with names instead of objects!
- Write a short story, ficlet, or bio about a character with the name suggested in the previous post.
- Some aspect of the character should be inspired by the name. This could just mean an embodiment of a personality the name evokes (for example, the name ‘[name_f]Lily[/name_f]’ might evoke images of a sweet, innocent girl) or the name could factor into the character’s backstory (maybe [name_f]Lily[/name_f]'s mother passed the time by sketching lily pads during her pregnancy). Obviously, there is no one right way to portray a name – [name_f]Lily[/name_f] might be kind and gentle to one person, but feisty and rebellious to another.
- After writing your story, suggest a name for the next person to write about. You can choose any name you like, but if you’re stuck, consider randomly picking from the recently-searched names that scroll across the top of the screen.
- Only respond to the most recent post.
- No NSFW content.
- It’s okay to repeat names as long as it’s non-consecutive – no one name should be repeated twice in a row. Also, if there are already 14 ‘Jacks,’ maybe consider a different name.
- Original Characters only! If the suggested name is ‘[name_f]Rose[/name_f],’ don’t write a fanfiction about [name_f]Rose[/name_f] [name_u]Tyler[/name_u]! Original Characters in pre-established fandoms are fine, but I’d recommend avoiding them.
- If an author asks for creative criticism, feel free to give it! However, don’t be rude or mean. We’re all just here to have fun!
Have fun writing, guys! To start the thread off, I choose the name