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A Fun Game – In Your Head (A Recap)

The week is nearing to a close as we finally get to the long-awaited A Fun Game – In Your Head (thank you for your patience); so I thought a recap would be the best thing (to re-familiarise ourselves with the game and also re-read the stories.  Before I went AWOL we were one story short (Cynthia was unable to continue with the game; which meant I had to see what I could do to make this work.  Then an idea hit me; remember I took part in Voice Week (see point number one below)?  Well, I thought it would be apt to ask the brains behind that -and what a sweetie she turned out to be 😀 yep, Stephanie agreed to participate (you’re such a lifesaver Stephanie!).  I’ve copied the relevant parts for this game below from my initial post (apologies if you have read it before; great if it is a useful refresher 😉 and if you want to skip it, please do so; but make sure you check all the stories in the linky list at the (nearly) end of this post.  😀

 

Let the Fun Game In Your Head Begin…

Now back to today’s post.  Today I want ‘us’ to play a game, -why?  Because I just do -besides, games are fun and today is intended for some frivolous fun.  The game in particular is called ‘In Your Head’ (it’s a made-up game devised by me).  For this game I want to you to create one or two characters -you can choose an existing character(s) of yours; but I’d recommend a new one because in the following weeks we will be swapping the characters with each other in order to test out a theory of mine.  (I’ll get to the theory later -they say patience is a virtue 😛 ).  Ok, keep thinking up possible character(s); whilst you are pondering, I want you to take this setting into consideration:

Setting:  A small quiet village approx 200 miles from the nearest city adorned with thatched cottages and surrounded by vast empty fields.  Not much happens here, except for their festival –the festival of colour, this happens once a year; tourists and families from afar visit, no one misses this event.  This is the highlight of the year for the villagersthey prepare for this the whole year.

How’s it going so far?  Need to digest it?  Sure, in the meantime let me delve into the whys and hows…  I actually got inspired to create this game after three random occurrences fell my way.

  1. I read a post on Voice Week by Billie Jo Woods and it intrigued me to the point I am now considering to take part and see if I can manage the task they are setting; fundamentally it’s a challenge to see if you can use different voices in your works, click here if you are interested.
  2. I read a post by Jody Moller on Character Meme -it is a fun piece that actually started me to think about the concept of In Your Head.
  3. Since starting this writing adventure, I have been told by a few fellow writers/friends that my stories have good voices.  This made me wonder why (ok, yes I was (am) chuffed for such delightful comments; but I am a natural thinker)…  So, I began to wonder why I was getting it right -for the purpose to understand what my skill sets are and to hone in on them.  I finally realised -well, I think I’ve known this subconsciously for most of my adult life; I’m one of those people who tries to understand where the other person I am engaging with is coming from (not a literal place mind you) –their thought patterns.  I keep asking why are they acting like that, I wonder what causes them to do things…etc…  -You get the idea; yep, I am a thinker; which I think benefits the purpose of being a writer -but I digress, let’s get back to the game.

In Your Head

Now let’s think back to the setting and the character(s) that will take part in that setting (go on have another read if you must -then come back here); back and ready?  Good, now I want you to devise a short dialogue of about 200-300 words -this can be in any genre you feel comfortable with.  Ok so far?  Excellent, now listen carefully, do not post this little exercise until I say so -or else the fun will be lost.  The key point of this game is your character(s), I want you to build them as you would any other character, get to know them inside and out, their likes, their hates etc -jot it all down and keep this for the second round of this game (that’ll be in two weeks time).  Great, now that you know your character(s); write them in into that 200-300 piece of writing, make sure the following points are included and acted out within the dialogue (this is still in line with my theory):

  • No children live in the village.
  • A child hides in a barn and stays after the festivities.
  • Your character(s) interacts with the child.
  • The child has a secret.
  • Add a surprise of your own -in keeping with your character(s) profile.

Ok, with these guidelines in mind build your character(s).  Note:  Try to keep away from stereotypes -if you cannot then add a quirky character trait; this will help the game be more fun and hopefully challenge you all.  Remember, no sharing your dialogues or character(s) until I say so.  Now get those character(s) and dialogue a-ready; think, plot and come back in two weeks time; I will reveal the next stage of the game.  Before you disappear, please let us know if you would be joining in with the game by adding a comment below -just so we know.  The more the merrier! 😀

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If you have any questions, please ask me below in the comment box or via the contact details below.

Before I forget, this game is for fun so sadly there are no prizes; but if it proves popular and there’s a demand for it to be played again in the future, I’ll keep a note and consider it then.

In short:  I devised a game a few months ago; if you have forgotten what’s it about please head on over to this post.  Billie Jo WoodsCM StewartCynthia and the lovely Stephanie Orges took the unusual challenge.  They were required to create a character(s) profile and write a 200-300 word dialogue within the guidelines I set out in part one of this game (see the details below).  In part two, I asked them to email the character(s) profile they created to one of the participants (names selected out of a hat by me); with the character(s) profile(s) they received they had to write another 200-300 word dialogue (again meeting the same requirements as mentioned below).

Setting:  A small quiet village approx 200 miles from the nearest city adorned with thatched cottages and surrounded by vast empty fields.  Not much happens here, except for their festival –the festival of colour, this happens once a year; tourists and families from afar visit, no one misses this event.  This is the highlight of the year for the villagersthey prepare for this the whole year.

The Dialogue Prompts:

  • No children live in the village.
  • A child hides in a barn and stays after the festivities.
  • Your character(s) interacts with the child.
  • The child has a secret.
  • Add a surprise of your own -in keeping with your character(s) profile.

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So, this is it, the final leg of a very long journey.  Why don’t you pop over to all the participants blogs and compare the entries (leave a comment there) then come back here and leave a comment or two on what thoughts have passed through your mind as you read them, do they fall in line with my theory -or do you have a theory of your own?

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Before I forget, this game is for fun so sadly there are no prizes; but if it proves popular and there’s a demand for it to be played again in the future, I’ll keep a note and consider it then.

Have a fab-tastic Friday and a wondrous weekend.  Keep that positivity-a-glowing and your smile forever shining -stay in peace.

A Tiny Note:  This game is the final stage of the game; in two weeks (27/01/2012) we shall analyse the results and have a debate/discussion, so please feel free to pop by then and join in.

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