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One Line at a Time


Go line for line, where each person contributes one line at a time, using what the other person just gave them. It almost guarantees good improv. That's why in 4ScoreChat, you'll often see people using short, one-line messages. Can you imagine if someone were to spend a long time typing up a huge message of over 50 words? The other person wouldn't be able to read it until its all done and entered. While one person is typing a huge message, should the other person just sit there and wait? How can anyone add to the story if they have no idea what the other person is typing?

For these reasons, each person should keep their messages short and sweet. Entering messages in short bursts lets the other person respond in 'real-time.'


Great improv:

Robert: That tentacled monster is oozing so much slime

Samantha: Be careful

Samantha: Its eyes are hypnotic

Samantha: And it falls in love with any man it sees


Bad improv:

Robert: That tentacled monster is oozing so much slime

Samantha: Be careful. Its eyes are hypnotic. And it falls in love with any man it sees


Questions to think about:

Which is faster to type: "Be careful" or "Be careful. Its eyes are hypnotic. And it falls in love with any man it sees."

We mentioned some reasons above regarding why it is bad to type such a long message at once. There are other reasons as well. How many of them can you come up with on your own?

Also, for practice, how can you continue the above Great improv using one line at a time?