Tips for Playing the Story Game

As you begin showcasing your mad writing skills and slaying people with your witty humor by playing the Story Game, here are some helpful tips to ensure your success:

  1. Dialogue. Adding dialogue brings your characters to life, and adds a dimension to your stories that reels people in. While it is funny to describe your characters’ actions, it’s WAY more funny to hear things coming from them.
  2. Continuation. As you add to the stories of others, make sure to give enough detail so that the person after you has something to work with and can kind of get an idea of where the story is going. Character names, genders, species, etc are important things to pass on. For example, if the story starts with Fred the frog, but ends with Fred the unicorn, you know that somebody in the middle forgot to include some useful information. All though it is sometimes absolutely hilarious, good continuation usually makes the story better.
  3. Write more than one sentence. If you only write one-liners, it’s really hard for the people after you to know how to expound and move the story onward. Give them some scratch to work with! Beef up your narratives! You’ll be glad you did.
  4. Inside jokes/shared experiences. When playing with just your friends and family, make sure to bring up lots of inside jokes. Whether it be your mutual crazy uncle, an old biology professor’s gruesome true stories, or the time your friend royally embarrassed himself, MAKE IT PART OF YOUR STORY! Trust me. Not only will this fondly remind you of days past, but it will create new and hilarious memories for everyone else too… because you’ll all be laughing so hard you can’t breathe.
  5. Use your imagination freely. Just let your imagination and creativity run wild. If you can’t think of what to write next, try to remember how a 7-year-old you would continue the story, and write that.

There you go. Take these tips and make yourself an experienced Story Gamer, whether among your compadres in your hometown or your compadres around the world on this blog.

And hey, if you have any other tips of your own that you would like to share, please do so in the comments below!

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