Thanks to Mr Marsu for the awesome header image

Hello and welcome back to our collaborative storytelling experiment. If this is your first time here, fear not. Everything you need to know in order to participate is right here in this post. Come on in and join the fun!

We’re so close to being able to begin writing the first chapter of our steampunk story. We’ve got a few more orders of business to get through in the next couple of posts before we can do that though. First things first, let’s recap the results of last week’s post first.

Two weeks ago, we began laying the groundwork for our protagonist and last week we added more details. Here’s what we’ve come up with. Our story follows Penny, a young aspiring inventor in her early 20s. She currently works as a mechanic, but she works on her inventions on the side, hoping to create the next big thing and make a name for herself. She’s smart and clever, and ever the optimist, even though she has a fear of failure. She has chin-length dark hair with some blonde highlights and amber eyes. She has a light tan skin complexion but it can be hard to tell because she’s usually covered in soot from working in her workshop. She also carries a pocket watch that was given to her by her father when she was a young child before he disappeared under mysterious circumstances. The watch never tells the right time, but she can’t bear to part with it.

Joining our heroine on her adventure is her faithful canine companion, a horribly injured stray dog she rescued and put back together with her mechanical skills. He’s 50% dog, 50% machine, and 100% a good boy. Penny is also joined by Sam, a rugged monster hunter friend of hers. And we’re going to need more characters as well, which is something we’re doing this week, among other things. Let’s get to it.


1. We need some names. Penny and Sam require last names, and the doggo needs a name too!

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2. Our hero needs a rival. Not necessarily an antagonist, but just someone to add a little tension.

3. And a good antagonist is a must. I’ll be figuring out the big bad stuff on my own, but perhaps a henchman or some unafiliated antagonist for a B plot. At the very least we can get some world building out of this.

4. An ally is useful too. This won’t be one of the main characters, but someone who can help out from time to time.

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5. As always, any other ideas are welcome too if you have them.


That’s it for now. I almost have enough to begin writing so look forward to that. In the meantime, I look forward to your contributions!