Seeing this meme (http://www.quickmeme.com/p/3vqohh
) reminded me of something: I enjoy round robins, and this tandem storytelling thing.
I remember we used to do a ton of those here. This one was especially fun until we ran out of gas. http://www.rpgfan.com/boards/index.php?topic=8002.0
I love how it started out stupid, but then turned into a surprisingly good story. I definitely had too much fun writing Taressa.
I also remember that it was often difficult sometimes, because of keeping the integrity of what others before me wrote and hoping that what I wrote was clear enough that others would keep the integrity of what I wrote. And when things got derailed, it was a challenge to work the derailments into the plot (e.g. the one time someone had Miles not pee in his interdimensional toilet purely for plot purposes so Taressa would spot him). It was still loads of fun, though and it really kept my mind sharp to keep things cohesive.
I remember a professor in grad school once telling me that she and three other professors attempted to write a textbook thinking "four of us, less work" but it turned out to be more work since they all had such different writing styles; e.g. one wrote with more sweeping generalizations whereas another one wrote with tons of intricate detail and getting everyone on the same page was tough.
So what do you think of stories penned by multiple authors? Can you tell the difference? And if you can't, does that impress you? And what about book series when, say, one author is unable to continue and another one takes his/her place (like Sanderson taking over for Jordan with Wheel of Time.) What about in games- like in Lost Odyssey where there was that vast disconnect in writing styles between Sakaguchi's penning of the game scenarios and the novelist who penned the "Power Point" cutscenes.
So yeah, let's talk about stories with multiple authors and the fun of round robins and tandem stories. Anyone think we should try the tandem story thing here? Like each of us pick a partner and we do a tandem story? Or try starting another round robin thread again? SOmetimes those go hit or miss.