MUSE LOG: TEMPLATE: How to serve a Roundtable for 2 or more    
 TEMPLATE: How to serve a Roundtable for 2 or more0 comments
picture4 May 2003 @ 20:37, by Quidnovi

A roundtable project is a collaborative project in which two or more writers participate in the writing of a same story.

This is an example of what the Reference Index for such a story could look like (the format would vary depending on the nature of the project.)

The purpose of such a Reference Index is to serve as an anchor from which all the entries relating to a story can be pulled together and from which new directions can be noted as the participants move along with the project.



Brief Synopsis here



- Name Here: Job Here (could be the job of writing one specific chapter, or a scene, or a dialogue, or role-playing one of the characters,...)
- Next Name Here: Job Here

- Etc.

(Basically, the Table of Contents for the story)

- Prologue [link to relevant post]
Brief description and/or instructions to participants.

- Chapter 1 [link to relevant post]
Brief description and/or instructions to participants
- Chapter 2 [link to relevant post]
Brief description and/or instructions to participants
- Next Chapter ...

Depending on the complexity of the project and the nature of the collaboration, the layout may of course become more detailed.


- Chapter 1

- Opening scene (landscape) [link to relevant post]
- Intoduction of Character and monologue [link to relevant post]
- Enters another character [link to relevant post]
- Etc.

The comments section of any given post can be used to some advantage too, especially in a project, where, for instance, participants have decided to each "play-act" a different character and are improvising the dialogue.


Let's say Invictus and I are writing a story called "Hamlet" (an idea we had about writing a story about a prince in Denmark.) And we are working on a scene where Invictus is Hamlet and I am Polonius. And we are trying to get a dialogue going, back and forth, improvising as we go along. It could very much look something like this:


18 Apr 2003 @ 13:49 by Quidnovi : Polonius
What do you read my lord?[Edit]

18 Apr 2003 @ 14:13 by invictus : Hamlet
Words, words, words.[Edit]

18 Apr 2003 @ 14:28 by Quidnovi : Polonius
What is the matter, my lord?[Edit]

18 Apr 2003 @ 15:01 by Invictus : Hamlet
Between who? [Edit]

18 Apr 2003 @ 15:13 by Quidnovi : Polonius
I mean the matter that you read, my lord. [Edit]

18 Apr 2003 @ 15:35 by Invictus : Hamlet
Slanders sir, for the satirical rogue says here that old men have grey beards, that their face is wrinkled, their eyes purging thick amber and plumtree gum. and that they have plentiful lack of wit, together with most weak hams. All which sir, though I most powerfully and potently believe, yet I hold it not honesty to have it thus set down. For yourself sir shall grow old as I am, if like a crab you could go backward. [Edit]

18 Apr 2003 @ 15:43 by Quidnovi : Polonius (Aside)
Though this be madness, yet there is method in't. [Edit]

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