Short Story Collab #00

Dies ist der Ankündigungsartikel zum ersten Short Story Collab (was ist das?). Ohne viel Gerede, hier das erste Thema, das es bis zum 1.3. zu bearbeiten gilt:


Warum? Einfach, weil es gerade wieder verdammt kalt wird und teilweise vielleicht auch, weil ich zuletzt “Snowpiercer” gelesen habe. Das Thema ist sehr allgemein, bitte gebt doch Feedback, ob es beim nächsten Mal mehr eingegrenzt werden soll oder ihr das so gut findet. Teilgenommen kann auf alle erdenklichen Weisen, die ich euch einfallen, am liebsten natürlich als Blogartikel und am liebsten auf Deutsch oder Englisch. Abgabe ist immer der letzte Tag des jeweiligen Monats.
Los geht’s!

#storymooc – CREATIVE TASK OF THE WEEK – Chapter 2

Task of the week:

Please pick any existing serial protagonist that you know very well, and use the attached PDF/the form below to create a character profile. This profile should include his or her most important traits. Please post the ANSWER below this question post.

This is helpful because…
a) …you can compare this profile to that of other protagonists.
b) …you can learn how serial characters are built and why some characters work better than others.

Whether it is desires, enemies, professions, hobbies, religions, behaviorisms or else: Please copy and fill out the form with all the info you got from watching the show. (the list is also downloadable via pdf) Maybe it helps to rewatch one of the episodes first.
Think about what makes this protagonist worth following through a whole series of episodes. What is it that HOOKed you?

Usually, the character’s name is the first item on top of any character profile. However, let’s just put it UNDER your character profiles and thereby give other participants the chance to find out who you’re writing about while reading your profile. This way, we can all have some puzzle fun. : )

The whole course can be found here >Link< So, without further ado, here's my character sheet: (yes, it's a bit easy and not much of a puzzle) Photo 30.01.14 17 05 18

Short Story Collab

Seit einiger Zeit existiert diese Idee in meinem Hinterkopf, mehrere Blogger zum gemeinsamen Schreiben zu motivieren. Diese Idee änderte sich im Laufe der Zeit immer wieder, angeregt durch den Kurs The Future of Storytelling, den NaNoWriMo und dem tollen Comic Collab-Projekt von Schlogger fand ich, war es an der Zeit, endlich mal zu machen, statt lange zu überlegen.

Um was soll es hier gehen?
Ganz einfach: ums Schreiben. Nicht mehr, nicht weniger.

Gibt es irgendwelche Regeln?
Nein. Geplant ist, jeden Monat ein Thema zu nennen, zu dem etwas geschrieben werden kann. Wer mag, kann den Link zu seinem Text unter dem jeweiligen Artikel als Kommentar posten oder auf den Artikel verlinken, in einem Sammelpost werden dann alle Teilnehmer verlinkt. Es gibt keine Vorgaben, wie lang oder in welcher Form der Beitrag veröffentlicht werden soll. Jeder wie er mag. Der einzige Sinn ist es, Leute wie mich zum regelmäßigen Schreiben zu bringen.

Immer am 1. des Monats wird hier ein neues Thema genannt und die Teilnehmer des vorherigen Monats aufgelistet. Themenvorschläge sind durchaus erwünscht.

Am Samstag (1. Februar) kommt dann also das erste Thema. Das ist alles noch nicht komplett bis zum Ende durchdacht, aber wir kriegen das schon gemeinsam hin 🙂 Würde mich freuen, wenn tatsächlich der eine oder andere mitmachen würde. Verbesserungsvorschläge, Kritik und Anregungen sind gerne gesehen.

#storymooc – CREATIVE TASK OF THE WEEK – Chapter 1

Durch Daniel habe ich von dem Online-Kurs “The Future of Storytelling” (Link) erfahren und auch wenn ich viel zu spät angefangen habe (jetzt erst. Der Kurs ist vorbei), werde ich euch dennoch an meinem Fortschritt, bzw. den “Hausaufgaben” teilhaben lassen.

In “Woche” 1 ging es um folgendes:

Please think about which story you have read, seen, listened to, played or experienced has impressed you most in your life. … Which story can you still very well remember? Write down both, the summary of this story (what you remember of the story, not what Wikipedia says.. 🙂 and – on the other hand: – what made it so special to you that you can still remember it.

Retell this story by giving a short summary of what you can remember of it. (in less than 400 words)
Think about (try to remember) and write down what fascinated you most about this story. What can you remember best? What impressed you most? … Its characters? The locations? The plot? The style and voice of the story? Or maybe even the surroundings of how this story was told, maybe by your parents, grandparents, or maybe in your first self-read book? Tell us the story OF the story so-to-speak. (less than 500 words)

storymoocLos geht’s:

At first I wanted to say “Die unendliche Geschichte” because it’s one of the first books I’ve read by myself and I’ve read it quite often as well. But maybe the Neschan Trilogy fits better. In this books, a young boy named Jonathan Jabbok who sits in a wheelchair, travels into a magical land called “Neschan”, which he has to save. Of course.*
In his dreams, Jonathan is everything he isn’t in real life, strong and brave. But of course there is a twist. (Isn’t there always?)
His dreams aren’t just dreams, this land is real and he falls in love both with the world and his life there and with a girl, too. In the end he has to choose which life should be the real one, because the longer he stays in one world, the weaker he gets in the other.

Growing up I didn’t have many friends or took part in social activities, so I escaped into my books. Yes, what a stereotype, I know. I loved stories like that because they offered a solution. Now I recognize the typical young adult pattern which speaks to a lot of children, back then I fell for it, loved escaping into this world, loved fantasizing about Neschan for myself. Finishing the trilogy always depressed me deeply. I felt like I lost a good friend. And soon after I would start the books anew. I bought some more books from the same author but none of them offered me a world like the Neschan-trilogy could. So I came back often. I don’t think any book (or story) meant so much to me like these books did and I probably would’ve turned out to be a different person if it weren’t for these books.

(This text is somewhat “stream of consciousness”-like and therefore left unedited and unaltered on purpose.)

* In this land he finds a stick and develops some kind of magical powers. The whole story is greatly influenced by Christianity and Judaism, our middle ages and the author’s mentor, Michael Ende. Similarities to “Die unendliche Geschichte” are no coincidence but the author – Ralf Isau – was some sort of protégé Michael Ende’s who knew about this story and even endorsed Isau in writing it. Michael Ende died the same year the first book was released.