Hello, hello, and welcome to Twistprompts
So, if you're here, you're either wondering what this is, got tricked into coming here by myself or one of your friends, or you were looking for some strange fanfiction community for Twister. If the third one is the case, I really recommend you consider shutting off your computer and taking a thorough examination of your life.
But for those of you here for the first two, read on.What Twistprompts is.
This was an idea inspired by both my love of books and an exercise I participated in at a summer writing camp last year. The assignment was to take a piece of literature or music and present it in the voice of someone else. For example, our team choice was to take "Feel Good Inc." by Gorillaz and present it as William Shatner, in interpretive dance. My personal choice was to rewrite a scene from the movie adaptation of Fight Club
as in the voice of Ayn Rand's Anthem.
So the possibilities are endless.
What this is, is a place for such things to happen, but with less freedom and more Final Fantasy VII content. Each week, a prompt will be given ( such as, Cloud and Reno meet outside Cosmo Canyon ) and you will ( or not, depending on what you want to do ) will write on the subject as the author/poet/playwright/director of your choice, or as yourself.
You can write anything. A poem, a play, a song, a scene from some imaginary movie, a drabble, a one-shot, an entire story, anything. As legend goes, Ernest Hemingway was in a bar when someone confronted him for thinking he was so great and writing such short stories, and demanded from him the shortest story he could think of. After pondering for a moment, he said, "For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn." Thus the tale of Hemingway's six-word story. And it was great, so the length restrictions are practically nonexistent.
Also, you don't have to follow the prompt. A motto of my life as a writer is Guidelines, Not Rules
and that is very much in effect here. While Twistprompts is ideally a place for you to write fanfiction using someone else's voice, it's also a place for free sharing of fanfiction. If you want to say, "Fuck this prompt, but here's a story as written in the style of [author]," go for it. Same goes for writing on the prompt in your own style, or completely disregarding it all and posting something for critique. And, even more freely, go ahead and write any fandom you want. If role-playing games aren't your bag and you want to post some Card Captor Sakura, go for it -- but I won't know what the hell you're talking about.
So they're guidelines, not rules.
Sound fun? Then sign up and join in. It's not necessary to write on any or all prompts. Maybe you want to be a silent reviewer, or suggest next week's prompt. Go for it. We need anyone and everyone here.
Also, if you could bring in some friends, I'd love you forever.
( Update, 08.30.06
: Instead of just giving us one Final Fantasy VII prompt a week, I'll be giving us two to work with. One fanfiction, one original. The original prompt will be much less specific, such as the classic 'Boy meets girl' scenario. This will allow for not only writing more freely, but for a few of us, writing more comfortably outside the fanfiction world. )Frequently asked questions.
Let me be straight with you, folks. Given the fact that I'm the only one who knows about this as of this writing, no questions have been asked, let alone enough to be considered frequent. But if the above details didn't cover it, I'll type out some of the ones I muttered to myself while I was thinking about this earlier.What the hell?
Easy enough. To join up and claim an author or two to write as, just post your name, desired author, and anything else useful about you as a comment to this entry. Example:Name
: Stephen KingPenname
: Stephen KingWriting As
: Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, Leo TolstoyInteresting Fact
: I don't remember writing Cujo
; I was on far too many drugs at the time.
Simple as can be.Can I write as a foreign author?
Sure. Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita
, even in translation, was a genius novel, and it was originally written in Russian. Even so, the translated version had a definite voice and is easy to pick up on. ( edit
: This is incorrect, apparently, as jabbberwocky
has told me; Nabokov wrote it out of his native tongue, and he did a wonderful job at that. Still, you get the idea. ) What are the content restrictions?
It's needless to say that you can post anything here, from an Aesop-esque fable to Penthouse
smut. The word literature has no visible boundaries, and even if it did, some of the best authors in the world would be reported as saying that they disregard them.
And while I may not be one of the best authors in the world, I'm on their fabricated side as far as that goes.Can we overlap authors?
Hey, if two people both want to be Shakespeare, be my guest. The Bible's been intepreted about a thousand different ways, and they obviously all have weight and followings.What are you doing, just trying to watch other people sweat?
Oh, piss off. Do you really think I would let you have all the fun? I, Reno Spiegel, will also be participating in the prompts when I have time and feel the mood. This was started as a place for the inspiration juices to flow freely.
That said:Current members.pseudosex
- Reno Spiegel
, writing as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Billy Collins.orchard_avenue
- R. Fones
, writing as Nick Hornby, Charlie Kaufman, and David Lynch.fireholly
, writing as William Shakespeare and Douglas Adams.colichemarde
, writing as Irvine Welsh and Chuck Palahniuk.venefica_aura
, writing as T.S. Eliot and William Blake.apathy_doll
, writing as Otep Shamaya and Sylvia Plath.psychicbologna
- Alex T. Chia
, writing as Tennessee Williams, Thornton Wilder, and Stephen Sondheim.alwaystuxed
- Benjamin T. Overmuller
, writing as Mark Twain, J.R.R. Tolkien, and e.e. cummings.jabbberwocky
, writing as Arundhati Roy, Ray Bradbury, and Sylvia Plath.artangst
, writing as Ken Kesey, Nina Kirki Hoffman, and Tony Kakko.
To join, just post your name and desired author as a comment on this entry.
Cheers, and thanks,The Management.