Okay, there's been lots of talk in a recent thread, lots of people who have done stuff before, lots of people saying, well, if someone starts it, I'm in.
I was going to do a serial Swappers for Halloween, but decided against it. I'm going to consider this Serial Swappers Winter Holidays, with gift as a theme. We're going to give each other gifts!
I'd like to run this in three phases, for those interested.
1. World Building
A. Genre. S/F, Supers, Magic, Space Opera, ect.
B. Basic rules of the Genre
C. Places, themes, goverments, groups, ect.
2. Character building
A. Everyone involved at this stage creates a character, writes a sketch about them. As a group, we brainstorm and okay ideas linking characters.
B. A few global characters are created by the world building team for all to use equally. Movers, shakers, politicians, royalty, dragons, wizards of great renown, that beggar who knows EVERYTHING with the green skin and formaldehyde smell.
C. Some active possible plots are generated. We list out things the globals are doing, people list out things their personal characters are doing publicly.
3. Story time!
A. Everyone writes a story, likely using their character as the MC. no one is allowed to use another persons character as an MC without talking with that creator, but we all have carte blanche to use each others characters and the globals as sides.
B. stories are collected, anything GLARINGLY plot hole / inconsistent between stories will get hammered out by Editorial staff with story writers.
C. Publish anthology.
A few notes. I'm expecting people to pop in and out, come in late, ect. Want to world build, but know you wont write a story? Fine, thats cool. Come up with a character, but dont use them as a main, or don't write a story at all? Up to you. Come in near the end and want to slide in a story last minute? Go for it!
I'm kind of assuming that I will be the Chief Editor of this beast. Unless someone else is willing to run it that other people would prefer? I will definitely need an Assistant Editor though. Unpaid positions, the both.
These will be disparate short stories, no major story linking unless two writers get together to decide so. As suggested before, see Thieves World. Inconsistencies WILL happen, depending on the author, a main character in TW is, for the first three books, alternately male, female, trans, intersex, then female again.
Final publishing would be, ideally, everyone posts their story and a link to the main book on their own websites blogs, if any. Anthology put on Amazon and others, with proceeds to be given to WFG. If the whole thing is popular enough, and people want more, we can kickstart a sequel to ensure per word payment to authors.
So... thoughts? anyone in? anything glaring I'm missing?