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26 August 2006 @ 06:34 pm
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 King
Penname: Stephen King
Writing As: Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, Leo Tolstoy
Interesting 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 - Firefly99, writing as William Shakespeare and Douglas Adams.
colichemarde - viicious, writing as Irvine Welsh and Chuck Palahniuk.
venefica_aura - Cendri, writing as T.S. Eliot and William Blake.
apathy_doll - Tio, 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 - Viki, writing as Arundhati Roy, Ray Bradbury, and Sylvia Plath.
artangst - Aeryn, 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.
Current Music: Halifax - "Better Than Sex"
M.V. Victusmemoriamvictus on August 26th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
Doubt I'll have time to play, but this sounds fun; you should run over and pimp this to ff_press .
Happatheticorchard_avenue on August 27th, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
Name: Robert M. Fones
Penname: R. Fones
Writing As: Nick Hornby, Robert M. Fones (Me!), Charlie Kaufman, David Lynch
Interesting Fact: I write best when chainsmoking and not sleeping/eating. It's sad.
Reno Spiegel: Picture Mepseudosex on August 27th, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
Glad to have you aboard, Monsieur Fones. Hope you have a good time.
Happatheticorchard_avenue on September 1st, 2006 03:45 am (UTC)
I'm sure I will, always happy to be on board. And look, I brought two of my friends with me.

So... I'll probably be doing more of the non-nerdy FF stuff, I hope that's cool.
Reno Spiegelpseudosex on September 1st, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
I just changed the format to one Final Fantasy prompt and one original prompt a week. I thought some of y'all might like that.
jabbberwocky on August 27th, 2006 03:24 am (UTC)
Got here from ff_press! Posting there was a good move, and though I'll have to think of someone to write as (and wait for more time to write!), I'll be watching this community. What an excellent idea!

I feel obliged to point out that Nabokov didn't write Lolita in his native tongue and have it translated, but wrote it entirely in English. ^^ It amazed me when someone told me, and is what prompted me to read the novel!
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Luso Clemenscolichemarde on August 27th, 2006 09:44 am (UTC)
You make life fun.

Name Lee Kirby
Pseudonym Kadaj, viicious
Writing as Irvine Welsh, Chuck Palahniuk, and myself (he's an awesome author!)
Interesting fact My writing style has convoluted imagery and plot. Guess what I'm writing about? Never! :D

Oh, and by the way, Josh  Lewis Reno, was wondering if I could grab we are everywhere, even though I don't even know you. I'd love to give you a "donation", if you're willing to send to a stranger, mmmyes?
why yes, I am a rocket scientist: edeavenefica_aura on August 27th, 2006 10:18 am (UTC)
Considering fireholly is here and drakonlily is always happy to see teh Speigel doing stuff...

Name Joan Antigone
Other Fake Names</a> The artist formerly known as cendrillo, Cendri, Verdot. Call me Cendri, kiddo.
Writing as T.S. Eliot, William Blake (ho HO poets...)
Interesting Fact I'm an engineer but I spend most of my free time in liberal arts pursuits. Like Russian history, psychology, mythology.

Can't guarentee I'll do any more than two. T.S. Eliot was too tantilising.
why yes, I am a rocket scientist: fuck the cosinevenefica_aura on August 27th, 2006 10:19 am (UTC)
I also clearly suck at .html tags.
apathy_doll on August 29th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
Name: Laura Mould
Penname: Tio
Writing As: Otep Shamaya, Sylvia Plath, Myself
Interesting Fact: A cup of good tea is essential for writing
psychicbolognapsychicbologna on August 30th, 2006 07:32 am (UTC)
Name: Alexander Hidemasa Fukui
Penname: Alex T. Chia
Writing as: Tennessee Williams, Thornton Wilder, Stephen Sondheim (we could all use more musicals!), and, since it seems so popular, myself. :P
Interesting fact: I've written and produced a play. More like an interesting bragging point than an interesting fact.
alwaystuxed on August 31st, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
Name: Nate Berkopec
Penname: Benjamin T. Overmuller
Writing as: Mark Twain, J.R.R. Tolkien, e.e. cummings
Interesting fact: This is gonna be really hard.

So, I know pretty much nothing about Final Fantasy VII. I'll be responding to the "original" posts.
Reno Spiegel: Brian Molkopseudosex on September 1st, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
Your name kind of messed with me, because I have a friend named Nate Obermiller. And for a second, I thought you might be him. . .den i saw u didnt type like dis. lolol.
jabbberwocky on August 31st, 2006 06:06 am (UTC)
Ah, I can't resist. ^^

Name: Vicky T.
Penname: Viki.
Writing as: Arundhati Roy, Ray Bradbury, Sylvia Plath and myself.
Interesting fact: I'm more artist and editor than writer, so this should be interesting.
artangstartangst on September 1st, 2006 09:21 pm (UTC)
Wow, sounds cool! I'll warn you though; I failed miserably at that exercise ;)

Aeryn, writing as Ken Kesey, Nina Kirki Hoffman, and Tony Kakko.

Interesting fact?
Although I talk more than anyone else I know, I always (matter what personality test I take) test out as an introvert. ^^;