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Broken Stories

Teaser of the interior art for B is for Broken. Art by Victoria Hoke.

The release date for B is for Broken is inching steadily nearer which means it’s time for me to start thinking of something fun to do to celebrate that launch. Obviously, I wanted to stick with the theme of ‘broken’ and I thought, you know what could be fun? Broken stories.

Have you heard of exquisite corpses? I bet you have, though possibly not by that name. It’s the game where people take turn writing parts of a story without knowing all of what came before. The resulting stories tend to be surreal and disjointed…broken, one might say 😉

I want to write some broken stories, but I’ll need your help.

My plan is simple:

  1. Gather participants (that’s what this blog post is for)
  2. If there are more than a handful, divide them into groups of approximately equal size
  3. Send the first person in each group a short opening paragraph
  4. Give that participant 3 days to write their contribution to the story (one short paragraph of no more than seven sentences) and send it back to me
  5. Send the next person on the list the paragraph the person before them wrote and nothing more of the story. They will only know the paragraph immediately before their own.
  6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 until we’ve reached the end of the list.
  7. Compile each ‘broken’ story and share them (giving full credit to each participant) as a part of the launch celebrations for B is for Broken

Want to join in? Just sign up using the contact form below. I will keep sign-ups open until about the 25th, but may actually begin the writing process before then, because why not? 🙂

Keep in mind — this is just for fun. No one is going to judge you, we’re just looking to have a good time. No matter your skill level or genre of writing you can join in, and if you really want you can participate anonymously. Because fun!

[contact-form subject=’Broken Stories’][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

I can’t do this without you, so to thank you for considering joining in the game I’ve even offered a sneak peek at some of the interior art for B is for Broken by Tory Hoke (above) 🙂