I had a thought a while back about working up an interactive writing exercise that might be fun. My idea is to build a collaborative story one sentence at a time—a writers’ game of tag or a literary relay race. I’m sure there must be some sort of children’s game that exists along these lines where a group of kids sitting around a campfire take turns adding details to a story. I want to do the same sort of thing here, so pull up a log.
Here are my rules:
1. I’ll start things off with a single sentence and someone else will need to post a follow on sentence that builds on the previous sentence(s).
2. You can add as many sentences as you want throughout the story but you are not allowed to post two or more sentences in a row. You must wait until someone else has posted a new one so keep checking back.
3. Each post is limited to one sentence, but there is no word limit as long as it is a proper sentence. If you are beginning a new paragraph put the following at the start of your sentence: [P]
4. Mature content and language is allowed (within reason).
5. Avoid hurtful or hateful content. Anything inappropriate will be removed.
6. The thread will continue until there is a logical conclusion at which point I’ll post: “THE END — Begin a new story.” You are then invited to provide a new kickoff sentence to start the game all over again.
7. Reserve non-story comments until after the conclusion of each story so the flow of the narrative isn’t interrupted.
8. This will only work if you participate. Don’t be shy, it’s only a sentence and no one is going to criticize. Let’s see what twists and turns we get. Feel free to switch things up or shift the genres. For instance if you aren’t a sci-fi fan or a romance devotee, you have the power to take the story in another direction. Above all have fun with it.
I’ve heard that if you fill a room with monkeys and typewriters, eventually you will get Shakespeare. Let’s see what this virtual sandbox of primates can accomplish.
Here’s the Kickoff:
Garret Pinkus had been teased his entire childhood, and as an adult he was practically invisible but that was all about to change.