Story Embroidery Class 2009
December 8, 2009
This month's movie is entirely up to us!
That's right, it's time for the annual Story Embroidery Class at the Dramatica Users Group meeting. For those unfamiliar, instead of analyzing something that already exists, we get together and as a group, create an entire story from scratch...in less than 2 hours!
The event begins with a randomly drawn storyform, an assortment of random character names and time period, setting and genre selection. Then, we work in a round-robin fashion allowing each attendee to select a story point from the storyform and come up with their own encoding for it. The only rule is you can't change something that has already been done. Don't like someone's idea for an Overall Symptom of Trust? Too bad! Work with it and try to concentrate on another part of the structure.
What looks at first to be a haphazard mess of conflicting ideas and opinions ends up becoming quite solid and workable. Almost like the writing process itself!