Collaborative Writing Game: You’re It. Go!

This sounds really fun, y’all. Catch up on the basics, then see my list of ideas below.

Here’s the basis of RicoChey’s game:

● A group of participants form a team and swap email addresses.
● Taking turns, each participant writes one page of content (the group having agreed upon a font and pt. value), and emails it to the group.
● The group follows along, taking turns contributing to the story.
● Team members can “pass”, or submit less than a page when experiencing a rough patch of inspiration.
● Team chat is encouraged and suggested, to keep the vision consistent and aim for a shared end goal.

Obviously there are nuts and bolts, but this is my general rubric. We could draw names to form teams, or we can choose one another ourselves. We can do drawings for themes or titles or synopses — the options are definitely vast.

The idea is to take turns until a team has generated a full story, preferably a short one, after which either the team or a designated editor can smooth it out and present it to the community for sharing and feedback! Woo!

I open the floor now to ideas, questions, and comments. I have ideas in mind, but I want to give you guys a chance first.

If we’re successful, we can call this a mini contest someday and pit teams against each other with deadlines and prizes!


So, I have some ideas that might launch our first story. Make a vote in comments for the one that interests you most, or share one of your ideas. Ready?

Scenario One: A middle-aged couple decides to have dinner at home on a Friday night. For them, this is no ordinary repast  — they plan to discuss the end of their relationship in a perfectly amicable adult fashion over their favorite dish.

Who gets custody of the dog? How will the retirement accounts and modest home value be split? They are determined to keep cool heads out of respect for the good years of their two decades together.  They are determined to be kind to one another.

Well … they try.

Just as the attempt at reasonable conversation is spiraling completely out of control, their attention is drawn to a shocking scene outside their cute little urban bungalow.

Rumors have circulated for months about the possibility of a such a disaster. The end just may well be near. What will our once loving couple do? Will they cling to each other, or will they go their separate ways to search for help and safety?

What is this terrible crisis that forces them to choose? Do either of them possess the fortitude and survival skills necessary to get out of this alive?

Scenario Two: A teenager barely makes it out of his/her advanced high school psychologically whole — four years surrounded by extraordinarily gifted kids who refuse to consider themselves “peers” can really wear on a healthy self-esteem. But the hero of our story is surprisingly resilient.

What must it be like to never truly escape such a bizarre community of “super kids”? There’s the guy with telekinetic powers and genius engineering patents pending, the petite telepathic chemistry phenom, etc., etc. In such company, it’s easy to feel unworthy.


Consider these “prompts” if you like. Let us know what you’re thinking. #writethis

RicoChey’s original post is here. And be sure to check out t.s. wright’s hero propositiion.

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3 Responses to Collaborative Writing Game: You’re It. Go!

  1. Reblogged this on generationKathy and commented:

    Team writing? This might be interesting!


  2. t.s.wright says:

    I like the second lead in more than the first. That first one is way too structured.

    Here’s one-
    Papa Kendrick believes that being happy is a choice. No matter what life throws at you, if you approach it with a smile and a can-do attitude, you can turn it into a positive situation. His personal mission statement is put to the test when he takes the Kendrick family on vacation.
    Fill it with clichés and self-help guru speek, then dump heretofore unimaginable misery on the Kendrickses and see what happens.

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    • Rio says:

      I think there would have to be a drain in the basement of the house where a certain family member (of female persuasion?) can go and scream her angst. Perhaps a covertly sane individual who is not buying the psycho-babble but has no power in the family dynamic. There has to be a character we don’t want to kill in the first two pages who can show how stupid they really are by contrasts.

      Yes, I want her to be me. 😛

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