My good friend and fellow noob author, Jim Goodman, came up with this idea to write a collaborative story, but done in an odd sort of way. I liked the idea so much, that not only did I agree to participate, but I offered to help promote it, document it, and share it. Here’s how it works. Jim began by writing a single paragraph, presumably as the first in a story. Without offering any other direction with regard to content, he asked me to continue the story with my own short contribution, then pass it on to someone else of my choice, asking the latest contributor to do the same. He did this in a Facebook post and asked that I tag the next person in line, allowing all of the contributors to keep track of the story’s progress.
Initially, it was just another one of those little fun things to do on Facebook. Another little distraction in our lives without the customary negative or sleazy content that seems to flood our feeds each day. I have to admit, it sounded a little silly at first. I usually refrain from taking part in those “share this or you’re going to Hell” or “Here’s what you don’t know about me” type of things on social media. But the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea.
Following are the instructions given by Jim in the beginning:
I’m going to start a story which you will add on to in the comments, then you share with someone I don’t know and they share with someone you don’t know, etc. As much as you can write before finishing two drinks of beer, wine or bourbon with a three-sentence minimum and semicolons as well as long dashes are encouraged. No writing before noon so alcoholism is not encouraged. Unless you’re a teetotaler, who will not be discriminated against. Please tag the person who shared with you so that they can follow the progress of the story.
Anyhow, the project is now in progress. You can see the original Facebook thread here and follow the story as well. I’ll also be documenting the story on this blog by updating the content as it’s added and attributing the content to the specific authors. This will allow for easier reading since the comments sections of Facebook may become unwieldy. Here’s a link to the story as it is: How Not to Stay in Vegas.
Assuming we can keep the project going, we have decided to add a few other little bits of guidance to move the story along. Those will come as the story progresses. We do not intend to offer any content suggestions, but for purposes of moving the story along, we may elect to arrange the work in chapters and suggest transitions from time to time.