Last week I posted a story for Friday Fictioneers, Henry. Frankie Perussault read it and thought it would make a good “audience participation” story. Hmm, that’s not the correct thing to call it…. How about communal story?
Have you ever sat down with a group of people and written a story? When I was in college we would sometimes do it like this: At a party a group of us would sit down someplace a little quieter. If it was an outside party, around the campfire was always a favorite. One person would start a story. After a while they’d pass it off to the next. Most of the times I did it the order would be predetermined, usually by the order we were seated, but there were other ways. The last person could pick someone, or it could be a roll of the dice or other random method. Anyway, so another person would continue. And so on, each person adding their personal touch.
Most of the times I’ve participated you’d have a few interesting interactions. Some people would have a long range story in mind and always try to push it in that direction. With a couple of people each fighting for their story, well, it could be not what any one expected…. Other people would purposefully throw curve balls. In fact, it seemed that most of the people would do that, lead the story in one direction and then put in a surprise, sometimes a seemingly unsolvable situation (“The wings ripped off of the aircraft as it plunged straight down to certain destruction! Next,….”).
A story could end up very cool or very stupid depending on who was participating, how many people were purposefully trying to disrupt the flow and how much alcohol was consumed.
Some people actually do this where they want to build a good story and actually avoid alcohol when writing! Really. This more serious type of story (serious but still fun) is what Frankie had in mind. She wrote another installment and so I did a third. Since it was hidden in the comments of the story Henry, Frankie thought it might be good to get it out into the open. She started a new blog with the story and a way to add new chapters. And so it continues to grow.
This is an open invitation!
Go check out the story so far (read from bottom to top). Come up with a good next installment and then go to the contact page and submit it! Try to keep each section below 250 words, closer to 100 if possible. If it is longer, well, most likely not an issue!
Some details – Friday Fictioneers is run by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who also provided the prompt for the original story, Henry (here is her post with it). Frankie reached out to Rochelle and asked if we could use the image for this little project. Rochelle agreed as long as we give her credit for the photo. So we are using Rochelle’s photo (Thanks!) (The photo at the top of this post is mine).
Frankie Perussault lives in France and currently has a French language online novel. She does have an English language blog, but hasn’t been keeping it up to date. So for her recent English language writing, I guess you’ll have to look at this shared story!
What are you waiting for? Go check out “A Snow Storm and a Wedding“!