Want to boost your word count, spice things up, or just do something silly to change the pace? This is the thread for you! Take on a dare to turn your story upside down. Dares are a great way to tap the tree of creative fruit juice, or just up the fun level.
There's a traditional format for dares, although you aren't required to use it.
Dare: Have a character carry a stuffed animal with them at all times. - Bonus points: If it is a very large stuffed animal. Impossible to ignore or hide the fact that they take it with them everywhere. Double points: They take this stuffed animal with them to an inappropriate place, and either hilarious, or serious trouble occurs.
Dare: Have the characters enact a play and write out large portions of it. Bonus: If it's a musical. Double points: If a character flubs their lines in the middle of it that changes play canon, and the rest of the cast has to roll with it for the rest of the play. Triple points: If the play somehow advances the plot.
Pumpkin Ghostie (by Killix) Nocturne the elvish dragon (by Huntress) Lazuryl (Laz) the Gargoyle (by Killix)
Dare: Have a character that wears a wig. (Like, day-to-day.) And don't play it for laughs. Double Bonus Points: Let it be legitimately traumatic for the character if their wig is taken off in public. Triple Bonus Points: The wig being taken off unleashes superpowers.
Dare: At some point, give a character a case of the sniffles. Then send them to WebMD (or some equivalent) to see if they can find out what's wrong. - Bonus Points: They become convinced they're dying of some rare/obscure disease and become super melancholy and start trying to give away all their stuff before their friend(s) slap some sense into them. Double Bonus: Turns out they were right about the disease after all. Oops.
Dare: Have your characters solve a 1000 piece puzzle Bonus points: If it's EXTREMELY important to the plot
Dare: Have your MC run over a squirrel Triple points: If the squirrel actually runs over the MC instead
Disclaimer These are not my dares, I'm just copy pasting from friends elsewhere on the interwebz. So if I complete these dares I'm still gonna count them for points!! (If I ever write my own dares, I won't attempt them because that's not fair xP)
Dare: Have a main character meet members of a wacky cult Bonus Points: They attend a meeting of said cult full of strange rituals and feel wildly out of place! Triple Points: They decide to become a cult member and it affects all their actions throughout the entire rest of the story
Dare: Include a morally ambiguous character in your cast. Double Points: Replace the antagonistic role with this morally ambiguous character. Triple Points: Have this morally ambiguous character be an abstract entity or idea, rather than a physical person.
Post by June Scarlet on Nov 18, 2016 20:16:04 GMT -5
Reiqua, you want dares? I can see what I come up with.
Dare: Include two dogs, a big dog and a little dog. Double Dare: Make them work together as a team. Triple Dare: Make them work together as a team to add something plot-relevant.
(I'm dog sitting a little dog and a big dog this weekend. They make an interesting pair.)
Dare: Include a homage to a favorite story of yours. Double Dare: Make it so subtle that you have to tell people it exists, otherwise they wouldn't notice.
(I love a good story.)
Dare: Guinea Pigs are the best. Prove it.
(But seriously, they are.)
Dare: Use all five senses to describe something. Double Dare: Use them all on something that doesn't lend itself to all five senses.
(How do you taste or smell a concrete wall? How do you see or touch music?)
Dare: Have your characters play an online browser-based pet site. Double Dare: Have them lament it isn't the same as it used to be. Triple Dare: Have your Neopets make a sneaky cameo in this bit, disguised as a species that exists only in your story's pet site.
(We are the Neopian Times Writer's Forum after all, I think most of us have had at least one Neopet in their lifetime.)
It's late in NaNoland. Who wants to make their story more... interesting? :D
Dare: Take all of the dialogue of a character and run it through google translate several times. This is now how they speak.
BP: Never take extra steps in narration to explain the now confusing dialogue. DBP: They talk like this from start to finish, no explanation. TBP: Create their initial dialogue (before you run it through the translator) in a way that is difficult to read, or nonsensical. This will make the translated results even "better".
(I have a character who talks like this, and it's great)