You fail only if you stop writing." -Ray Bradbury
The objective is twofold:
- Co-author a fiction book that is worthy of publication
- Have a lot of fun creating a brand new universe, worlds, civilizations, populations and characters we can toy with like gods
A few constraints need to be placed just to begin discussion:
1. What kind of realm are we talking about?
Thus far the choice seems to be a combination that includes aspects of science as well as fantasy. This is acceptable, although I have predominantly worked in space-opera, I am entirely amenable to trying a combination world
2. What kind of races would be allowed?
- just humanoids
- individual sentient races with humanoid thought processes
- anything, including collectives, sentient stars, and atypical consciousnesses
3. Depth of construction for societies and cultures
- simple descriptions where little detail is needed because it parallels modern society
- societies that can be easily referenced or understood historically
- non-standard societies that might arise due to atypical race characteristics (e.g. how would sentient stars interact with each other?)
4. Socio-political and socio-psychological aspects
- To what extent actions and interactions between political factions and leaders are portrayed?
- What human-natural moral meaning, if any, should underlie the plot? (e.g. is there a "greater" message we want to deliver)
- Limited or open ended: how many cultural/political layers are actually described in detail, how many are inferred, and is it ordered or chaotic?
5. Plot construction
- Historical based
- Existing fiction based
- Completely novel, perhaps plot-less (these are harder to write imho and take a great deal of skill, I don't know even know if you can do it collaboratively e.g. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs)
6. Comedy is key
- No argument there, especially self-depreciating humor (Although Stainless-Steel Rat and Retief is a bit more than I'm thinking)
7. How large is our universe?
- Solar Systems
I think these are a good enough start to lay down some constraints. It is also fair to mention here that I suck at Wiki syntax. I apologize in advance for the format-suckage.