I was inspired by my own post The Tandem Story. I’d like to see if a complete story can be created purely by visitors to this post. I’m sure this has been done elsewhere and I want to find out how the process works.
Some companies adopt interesting methods for training their staff. I remember one where a small red ball was thrown amongst the trainees and when someone caught it they had to state a fact or add another line to an ever evolving story.It’s a very good ice breaker. Story telling is as old as…well, something really old.
I imagine a time where the setting sun would drive folks indoors. After a good meal they would sit around a fire, drinking ale or mead or Pepsi, telling tales and thriving on the company of their families and friends. Stories mostly come at night…mostly.
Let’s adopt that concept here.
Ignore your PC. Ignore the world around you. Picture yourself in good company, sharing in the creation of a new tale. You listen and wait until your turn comes. Everyone watches you as your words spin imaginative characters and worlds for others to enjoy. When your turn ends you wait anxiously for the next person to build on your creation, to find out what the next twist in the tale will be.
Can you feel that? The magic and wonder of story telling is far from dead!
So, the idea is that you read through what has been written by other visitors then add the next scene. With any luck it will build up a story with twists & turns, heroes & villains, plots and sub plots and other assorted literary happy fun times!
Hopefully this simple exercise will help get those creative juices flowing for your own posts.
Sounds like a fun and interesting idea, right? My brain is just oozing with creative anticipation with the possibilities, however, I am well aware that in a few months from now this page might resemble the classic American ghost town, complete with lonesome chiming bell and tumble weeds rolling across the page.
Okay, now let’s set some guide lines.
1. Keep it interesting! Changes to the story must make some kind of sense and relate to the previous one.
2. Try not to put links in you comment, keep the story flowing.
3. Add something new whenever you want!
4. Keep it short-ish, we’re not looking for a 10,000 word novella, just enough to put your mark on the story.
5. Have fun, be creative, try to mould the story the way you want!
6. If you post articles on your blog related to the StoryBounce2011 Challenge, help drive a little traffic to the collaborators by adding the #storybounce2011challenge tag to your posts.
For those who want to take part I’ve created some badges you can display on your blog.
If you need to know how to add an image to your side bar you can read How to add an Image Widget to your WordPress Sidebar.
Let’s get started shall we?
I’ll kick things off with an opening scene, something purely off the top of my head.
‘Twas a cold and stormy night on the Foxhearth Coastline. Boon Castle sat on a bluff overlooking the fierce waves. Despite its lonely and forbidding appearance the castle was a warm and lively place filled with colourful characters. The mouth-watering smell of the evening feast drifted from the kitchen. Alice and Harry, heirs to the Thrown of Boon, were telling each other ghost stories in their bedroom. They giggled with every new twist to their tale and yelped with shock and laughter as they frightened one another.
In the dining hall Catherine the Cook rang the dinner gong. Alice & Harry jumped at the sudden noise – a window had blown open in their bedroom and the fury of the storm swept inside, bringing with it a….
To be continued…by you!