The Collab Commandments

Some guidlines to follow to write a generally successful collab.

  1. Thou shalt not switch characters or point of view midst collab.
  2. Thou shalt not deviate from thy main goal.
  3. Thou mayest add goals if none are of higher importance than thy main goal.
  4. Thou must have good grammar throughout.
  5. Thy character must have flaws, but thy character must not consist entirely of faults.
  6. Thou shalt not kill thy main character.
  7. Thou shalt not let thy romance move faster than thy collab.
  8. After six score and ten chapters, though shalt never decide thy character’s personality shalt change.
  9. Thou shalt not delay thy plot.
  10. Thou shalt not depress thy readers. Thou mayest make them sad, but never depress!
  11. Thou shalt remember thy readers
  12. Thou shalt remember thy fellow authors.
  13. Thou shalt not change main characters
  14. If thy lead author loses interest, thou shalt change tactic.
  15. Thou shalt never say thy collab shalt be dry.
  16. Thou shalt always use proper grammar upon presenting thy idea
  17. Thy characters shalt be diverse
  18. Thou shalt remember thy six base archetypes.*
  19. Thou shalt not need to wait thy turn if it is clear no one is writing.

* Thy six base Achetypes:

(There are really only three, but some differences depend on gender.)

Hero/Heroine: Protective, brave, headstrong, generally the main character.

Drama Queen/King: Usually the first to fall in love, often needs saving, sometimes from an external force, usually from the force of their own drama.

Sidekick or Goofball: More upbeat than Hero, also brave, often Main characters best friend. Usually provides comic relief.

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