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Twitch Chat of the Dead Streaming the Living

For the last stream’s exercise, we wrote a submission to fellow writing streamer Erica Drayton’s online magazine StoryZine.

We had four prompts to pick from and chat voted for this one: “Write a story about an “oddities collector.”

I don’t want to post our story just yet, since hopefully it will appear in the magazine, but I will say this: the story’s title is “Organic Medicine.” Take that however you will!

After that we did a writing prompt and chat voted for this one submitted by SuperBreakfast: “It has been discovered that in the afterlife, the deceased humans can now “spectate” anyone on Earth. You just got a notification stating that you have 300,000 people spectating you, in first person, for the rest of your life.”

We decided to take this in a unique direction. Rather than from the point of view of the person themself, we went with the point of view of the people watching. Specifically, the point of view of the chat, basing it off Twitch stream chat.

Here’s what we came up with:

You can read our story here.

This was so much fun to write, probably the most fun I’ve had writing a story on stream so far, which is saying a lot. Having chat come up with the usernames, and putting in all the little subplots throughout, was just an absolute blast.

And not only that, but we managed to fit in a real story in there too. It may not be what the original creator of the prompt envisioned, but seeing your prompts taken in crazy, unique directions is part of the fun… which is exactly what we did here!

If you want to join us and help write a story by trolling in chat, or share your own writing for feedback, then we’d love to have you. We stream on Twitch every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 7:30pm-10:30pm (U.S. Eastern Standard Time).

And you missed the stream, you can still watch Rubbish to Published, the writing exercises, or the writing prompts on YouTube, or watch the full stream reruns until Twitch deletes them.

Hope to see you next time, friend!

Scott Wilson is the author of the novel Metl: The ANGEL Weapon, forthcoming November 2018.

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