Hunt the wild story.
You might consider “discovering” the story a bit of overblown language, but with your friends all pulling it in their own preferred directions and the rules intervening with unexpected and sometimes wholly unwelcome developments, you may soon start to see that it follows its own course. Don’t think of it as something you tell, but something you hunt. Stay on its trail, follow where it goes, and embrace its twists and turns as the expression of its own personhood. Resist the urge to domesticate it by trying to force it to follow your own plan. If you have a story you would like to tell your friends, simply tell them your story. We play this game for a different purpose, though: to hunt the wild story.