This is the third time we have done this.
The idea is simple: I write the first three sentences of a story; someone else writes the next three sentences; someone else writes the next three; and so on. In the end, we (hopefully) have a cohesive story.
1) Your contribution must consist of exactly three sentences. No more. No fewer.
2) You must wait until at least three other people contribute before you contribute again.
You may introduce new characters, new ideas, and new directions to the story. Do whatever you want - as long as you follow the rules!
A tip: When you write your three sentences, refresh this page in another window before posting. This will allow you to see whether someone else has posted a continuation to the story before you finished yours - which will keep the story as cohesive as possible.
Another tip: Spread the word about this project. Use your Twitter, your blog, your facebook, and any writing forums you frequent. The more voices we have echoing through the thread of this story, the more epic it will become.
An Important Note:
The first installment of The Storyteller Project was a grand success - an honest-to-by-gosh story - while the second one (to put it mildly) failed to fly...and eventually splattered.
One of the reasons the second story failed to work was because too many people failed to read the important note!
The important note that time was the same as the important note this time: Let's see if it is possible for us to avoid Gabriel Garcia Marquez-esque supernatural twists and turns. The first story was great (in a "community-created Gabriel Garcia Marquez knockoff" sort of way), but after the first story, a lot of Readers/Writers chimed in with the opinion that it would be cool if the next story tried to avoid the supernatural craziness...and for us to see if the story still worked. Maybe it would have worked, but we never found out; too many people pulled the story in too many different directions.
Let's try that again, shall we?
If you want to get crazy, think Hunter S. Thompson.
Think of stories where real-life things happen to real-life people (even if the "real-life things" are crazy real-life things)...and let's see if we can write one such story together.
You can share your thoughts and discuss the story right here.
The story will end on Thursday June 30 at 6:00 P.M. (EDT)
The story begins right now.
A Good Day For Learning
He faced the window with his hands clasped behind his back, and he spoke to his son. "It looks like today is a good day for learning."
Jackson jumped up so quickly his plate of pancakes rattled right off the table and onto the floor.
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