“A Murder Wiki” / Memorable Fancies #441

Two writers, A and B, meet online. They agree to collaborate on a novel. A writes a rough draft, and B modifies it. A adds more. B adds his own story elements and new characters. One of the new elements is a murder; one of the new characters is a murderer. A repeatedly deletes the character, wanting the novel to be upbeat, but B keeps writing him back in. Just before the collaboration would have broken down in anger and recrimination, the murderer finds A, at work on his computer. B can now … [Read more...]

“A Murder Wiki – II” / A Memorable Fancy #333

Two writers, A and B, meet on line. They agree to collaborate on a novel. A writes a rough draft. B modifies it. A adds more. B adds his own story elements. A character called “Stab” appears. A thinks B has written this character in. B thinks A has. Dutifully, A and B describe what Stab does, what he looks like, how he one by one does away with the other characters. Finally, A and B realize that neither had invented Stab. A and B wait for Stab to appear, to perform the actions he has written … [Read more...]