Spin The Keyboard Yarn – Baby Steps First



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Spin The Keyboard Yarn created by Rory of A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip

Spin The Keyboard Yarn – Baby Steps First

Game 0 – Season 0

Easy Mode – Trialing.

So what is it really all about?

Well it’s simpler than you think!

At the core of the game it is basically a fiction based writing prompt with a twist. The twist is really the ‘naughty side’. Everyone thinks naughty to mean ‘ooh la la’  and it’s not always that – but that is NOT saying that there are NOT elements of that present in future games, as there will be. There will be naughty, risky or risque if you prefer, downright odd and strange, unusual and weird and oft inappropriate questions posed. Naughty in the majority of our game means to bluff, to fib and to fabricate the truth as you, the writer, readers and challengers believe that to be.

Ultimately it is about fictional lies and lying and how good you are at having your story read as truth and believable by the audience – the readerships? Is the story true or a lie? The readership decides that and they mark, grade or score out of 10, how believable they find the writers yarn!

Now what’s a Yarn – l hear some ask? Well, that’s usually a story that defies belief. One that might be true, or might not be true, one that has some credibility to what may turn out to be completely false, more of a fantastical tall based fiction story!

In Season 0 – Game 0 aka Baby Steps First we are simply going to take it easy on the writers to see how they respond to a simple question and the tales they can make from that, and then once achieved a couple of times, the teams will be decided and Season 1 – Game 1 will commence properly.

So what’s the game then?

Well when the Season launches properly and the teams are established then the real ‘Yarn Type Questions’ will be set, but for the interim period, we need to see if our potential players wish to play and we can iron out any wrinkles to the game itself before Season 1 starts.

How the game will work is as follows:

Two teams of four writers will be shown 12 questions across a range of topics and various levels of ‘naughtiness from the boring to the extreme’. Each writer must challenge another writer to one of the questions. There is no hardship and of course some writers might express the same question as others, again not a problem – because it is all about how ‘utterly believable’ the writer tells the yarn on the question itself. It may be a truth in the writers life or it may be something they have never done at all – but that doesn’t matter – because the writer has to create a fiction story of no less and no more than 300 words in the yarn’s creation. The objective will be to clear all 12 posed ‘questions/tasks’ and the team with the highest score wins.

The ultimate task of each writer is to make the readership completely and utterly believe they have done the question at hand, and why they do it.

Each writer at the end of their 300 word story – must then add to the bottom of their post this question to their readership:

Out of Ten, how believable do you think my story is?

To which point the readers to the published stories both comment and score. They say what they thought of the story and then grade the story on ‘Believability’ out of 10.

The scores are added up and awarded to the writer/teams and the Leaderboard.

If a writer declines a question challenged by another writer they forfeit their opportunity to take part in that game. But more on that later.

However, for the first couple of weeks, we are just going to test the waters slightly … with Baby Steps First.

Now Below are our Interested Players So Far

Fandango of This, That and The Other

Paula of Light Motifs II

Melanie of Sparksfromacombustiblemind

Kristian – Tales of the mind of Kristian

Li of Tao Talk

Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess

Larry Trasciatti of Eastelmhurst.a.go.go

Nova of  My Namaste 365 Online

Rugby of The Bag Lady    Cheryl

Kristian of Life Lessons from Around the Dinner Table
Sandman Jazz Brutus of Richmond Road
Lisa of All About Life The Dark Netizen

Here is the first Question – to which you must all respond to and  write a 300 word Yarn to convince the readership that you have done this question! Remember whether you have done this or not, believe it or not or whatever your opinion is, your job in the written form is to make your readership believe you have!

Now when writing remember this is a fiction story, so in essence you can make it as fictional and creative as you want! We are NOT looking for reality stories we are looking for pure bluff type fiction that just happens to be incredulous but believable!

So to the players above here is your first posed question/task – l would like you to ALL write a 300 word Yarn on the topic below…

The Question.

“I caught a fish … it was THIS big?!”


43 thoughts on “Spin The Keyboard Yarn – Baby Steps First

  1. I’m excited. I’m at work right now, but I will make time to work on this later today. It might not be until tomorrow your time though. You’re at least 5 hours ahead of me, I believe. 🙂

  2. This sounds quite intriguing… However, I’m probably not going to have mine completed until Friday. I’m sorry. I have other stuff to attend to, plus appointments in between now and tomorrow. I promise to write. I have fish stories out the wazoo. 😊

    1. At this current time Beckie – this is the trial run – see what works, how it works, who wants to play, grading response and looking at ironing out the first wrinkles 🙂 Once the game starts in earnest which will be towards the end of this month, we will have a clearer idea how it’s going to work.

              1. Maybe you’re right. This lack of sleep thing is really getting to me and I’ve been making stupid mistakes all week. I seriously can’t wait to see the doctor today!
                Sorry for being a pain in the buttocks. 😌

              2. You are not, and you never have been. Sleep deprivation Beckie is basically and excuse my French, but a frigging nightmare! When we are over tired, things happen beyond our control.

                This game is trialing , the scores are not that big an issue at present, and as everything is literally in trial, it means that things are being tweaked all the time. You make mention to something that l am also watching out for and that is readership response or not – so everything that the trialers say, write, observe and react to is of huge interest to me, so that l can tweak it and make it better and more appetising for everyone’s readerships.

                Ha ha you saw an error and l saw an opprtunity – so all is well.

                I wish you good luck with your Docs and hope for your sake that she/he can remedy your plight 🙂

                Beckie you would have to go a looooooooooong way to upset me, and a forgotten ping back doesn’t even feature in that journey 🙂 x

              3. Rory, I’m just gonna come out ans say it. “I love you, friend!” Thank you so very much for your utter kindness and being so understanding.
                You want to laugh… This is how bad things are with my head. I only resceduled the time of my docs appointment 2 weeks ago, but never changed it on my calendar. I thought right up until an hour ago, my appt was at 12:30pm, it’s actually a 2:30pm.
                I hope like hell, I get some relief soon.
                You’re the best, Rory! God Bless you! 😊

  3. One question: Does the yarn have to be precisely 300 words or 300 or less? I can polish my yarn some more and probably make the word count, but right now it stands at 251…

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