Stories from beyond the Interwebz….
My continuing series on Fridays where I share excerpts of writing that I’ve done in the past through writing prompts, random stream of consciousness, parts of larger works, or as part of my 100-200 daily word exercises.
The point being to attempt to examine what I’ve done for clarity sake and whether or not I can make sense of it…not only to those who read it but to myself as well. Or I highlight something else that I’m interested in that week and want to speak at length about. Vomiting out words if you will.
I wonder what type of reaction went through your mind when you saw that. Were you excited that I mentioned it? Maybe a little bit put off based on stories you’ve heard? You could be one of the ambivalent readers that’s never even heard of this place. In which case, oh boy, you’re missing out.
For the uninformed, it’s simply an internet forum where a multitude of varying topics are discussed underneath an impressively expanding array of topics. You’re a fan of comic books? There’s a subreddit with plenty of different discussion points for that. Music? I guarantee someone else is speaking on a genre you like, no matter how obscure. A fan of random cat videos or other minutia scattered across the internet? There’s a pretty good chance that someone’s created a forum thread already. If not, you can create your own and identify with people who feel the same.
I’ve used other internet forums when I was younger, nerding out about video games that I liked. But I’ve largely stayed away from them since I started ‘adulting’ years later. Not for any particular reason, mind you, just that time became much more of a commodity in my life. I have to stare at a computer screen for eight to twelve hours a day at work. When I get home, I usually don’t want to do the same (although it has become a bit of a thing due to writing more. A necessary sacrifice.)
The point of all this (as I tend to ramble) is that from this website, a wealth of creativity spews forth; and today, I got a chance to experience some of it thanks to a friend who texted me the link to a story written by one of the members of the site. It’s an eight part story entitled: I Dared My Best Friend to Ruin My Life – He’s Succeeding. Posted in the /r/nosleep subreddit, it is a place where people post their original horror stories. Some are hit and miss and some really do give me pause at the skill present on the internet. This is one of the latter.
The premise of the entire tale is pretty much told in the title listed above. Something that intrigued me when my friend texted it to me during my lunch break yesterday.
I was so enthralled with what I read that I kept clicking the links to read the next part….then the next part….and then the next part, eventually reading part eight and finishing it all in one sitting. I was hooked and because of that, I really don’t want to give any spoilers whatsoever on it. It really is something to experience; and the incredibly cool thing about it is that the people in the comment section play along with the premise and the story, projecting the idea that it’s reality, roleplaying, edging the protagonist on to do what he needs to, to settle the TERRIBLE set of circumstances he finds himself in over time.
It’s so easy to find yourself living in a pocket, completely absorbed with your own ideas, and what you want to do. But it’s important to see what else is out there for at least two reasons.
- You can read examples of what to DO from stories that give you inspiration or something worth gleaning.
- You can read examples of what NOT to do from things that don’t really mesh with the direction you plan to go in.
You never know where your next idea can be sparked from. In my case, I learned that I have so far to go in regards to writing something truly gripping and suspenseful. Always have to search for areas to improve I suppose.
Until next time.