Monday, July 6, 2009

Storytellers

Woo hoo! I got a better response than I expected, so I figured we can start today with the story telling. Here's how it'll work ...

On the first Monday of every month, I'll post a story prompt. The prompt can be anything ... a verse, a couplet, a photo or drawing, a single word. Whatever. It's just a place to start. If anybody wants to suggest a prompt, feel free.

Then write whatever you want. You want to write a poem? Go for it. A single scene? A conversation? It's all good. For the sake of time, though, I think contributions should be kept to about 1,000 words or less. If you hit upon an idea that needs to be developed into a full-length book or story, all the better! But let's not post novels.

Email me your stories by the following Monday, and I'll begin posting everything that week open it to comments. For now, I'm posting one story every day. If you want to post your contribution anonymously, just let me know when you send me the story. I have no problem with that ...

My email is jvzile@aol.com.

As far as comments go, I like feedback, and I'm looking forward to reading and writing fiction, but I think we should be decent about it. We're all in this together, right? So let's have some fun ... That said, I think anybody who participates in this is probably either a working or an aspiring writer, so constructive criticism is welcome (at least for me).

Finally, unless it becomes too time consuming to manage, anybody can post. So let's have some fun!


9 comments:

spyscribbler said...

Three days?! Lordy. Okay, I'll give it my best. It depends whether or not I have to take two days to go to Tennessee and get a camper weighed, measured, and put through a bunch of red tape.

LurkerMonkey said...

You think I should give more time? I never thought about it like that ...

Melanie Avila said...

I freaked out a little bit about the timing, too, but since we'll know it's coming we should be able to plan. Or not. I'll go with what others think since I have more free time than everyone else.

spyscribbler said...

Well, after this month is over, I'll have more free time, too, so I'll bow to whatever everyone else thinks.

For those with day jobs (as in 9-5 jobs), perhaps the timing should include a weekend? I don't know, though! But, um, do any of us have day jobs, LOL?

PS: I keep thinking, "It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!"

LurkerMonkey said...

OK. Let's make it the Friday AFTER I post. So, this month, send me stories on Thursday, July 16.

And Spy, I was hoping to bring out your inner Superhero.

Melanie Avila said...

I was thinking the same thing about a weekend. :)

Jude Hardin said...

Here's an idea, Jon:

Make July 16 the deadline, but post the stories one at a time as they trickle in. That way, we won't have so many do deal with all at once. Just a thought.

LurkerMonkey said...

That's a pretty good idea ... then on July 16, I could link back to all the former stories for people who hadn't read them all yet. So if you want to send early, go ahead!

Melanie Avila said...

Oh yeah, nice idea Jude!