Over the last year, I've accumulated a list of things I wanted to try with the Commaful format. Some things I have gotten a chance to try. Others I haven't found the time.
None of these ideas are genius, but I thought I'd release them to the public so if you wanted to take a stab or get inspired by these ideas you can run with it.
Just trying to let those creative sparks fly!
1. Stories with real actors or cosplay characters: Get a few friends together. Costumes could be cool too. And write a story with real people acting in the background.
Write out the idea, act it out. Do reaction shots. You can use a photo editor to add speech bubbles even. Could be fun! No acting skills required!
2. Photos of words: write words on a notecard or notebook. Or even in sand or dirt or with rocks if you want to get creative and make a story with words in those mediums
3. Opinions about things: Liked a movie? Didn't like a movie? Have a controversial thought? Write a poem or story or essay about it here
4. Stop Motion Animation: More complicated but could be fun. Take a picture of something. Move it slightly. Take another picture and repeat. If you crop it right, you can make a story where if you tap really fast the object of character you took a photo of will look like it's moving. @Lisa did one like this
5. Pet stories/poetry: A number of people have done these already. I love them. @AwkwardAlien and @stuckinspace have a few I really like. Could work with stuffed animals too
6. Illustrated stories: A number of community members have collaborated on these in the past. Illustrate every page of the story. I'd recommend putting the words in the illustrations.
I'm not a good artist, but I think some poorly drawn stories could be fun too! Might try this when I have the time with my own poor artistic skills
7. Plot twist thrillers: Pulling off a good plot twist that isn't obvious in a short story is very hard. People love these stories when they're done well. I've always wanted to take a stab at it
8. Writing in the style or parody of historical figures: What would it look like if Shakespeare were on commaful? What would he write? Or Benjamin Franklin? Or Plato? Or whoever you think is cool.
9. Tease story or photoset: Something that teases the reader to crave something to happen. A visual example could be showing 2 people about to kiss. With each page the lips get closer. But they never seem to touch. The viewer is waiting for the ending of the lips to touch but it keeps being avoided.
In fiction this could be done with certain plot lines where it's obvious 2 characters will fight or kiss or fix their problems. And they get so close repeatedly but it doesn't quite happen
10. Different perspective stories: Writing a story from a dog's point of view. You could crawl around the ground getting dog view photos and write dog thoughts.
You can add a blur and be a fish in a fish bowl etc
11. History stories: Stories going over interesting moments in history. I think mythology stories would be cool too. I never liked history class all that much but a number of historical stories are fascinating to me and I think could be super cool in a commaful format
12. Photostory Blog: Kind of a mix between a blog and a vlog. Take photos or gifs of exciting or interesting moments in your day and write about it, showing the images of what happened
13. Commaful Representations Of Real Life Actions: Playing a game of basketball, represented through images and words. Walking to class, showing the hallways and describing the sounds, feelings, touch. Movies are great at showing actions, but not at diving into the psychology of the actions
14. Re-creations of old poems/stories that are out of copyright: Part of the fun of Commaful is choosing the images and the styling. You can take some of your favorite old poems or scenes and personalize them or make them feel a certain way through imagery
15. Humor specific to Commaful: I don't have a specific idea here, but I do think Commaful's format style allows for new types of humor to be invented. GIF reactions, dramatic reveals, not sure. I just feel like there's something there
16. Stories made entirely of dialogue over GIFs: Find gifs of people talking, position the text you type strategically and let the conversational story begin!
17. Comics: Posting each pane as a square page, @lesliearnottbar has a great daily series of comics that's quite amazing
18. Advice and Confession Columns: Getting questions and confessions can be hard, but I think could get very fun. @ciarose had a cool one around tinder tips awhile back
I'm 100% sure there are many many many more possibilities outside of these I've never thought of that are going to be very interesting. I'm very excited to see all of the creative posts people make.
I do plan to make stories around some of these in the future, but hopefully this list might inspire somebody to get creative :)
Let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions! If you do make one of these, be sure to tag me in a comment so I can be sure to check it out!!