Category Archives: Pitches
Make us a list of statements that we can attach the classic Likert scale (Strongly disagree; Disagree; Neither agree nor disagree; Agree Strongly; Agree) to. The statements should be about a supernatural race such as vampires, werewolves, zombies, leprechauns, or possessed Ikea furniture.
The last meal before… the gas chamber? Leaving town? Breakfast?
Tell us a story in 250 words, over two weeks
An exclusive event.
A prestigious location.
A select audience.
Tell us about it in about 150 words, over 2 weeks.
[Original Photo: Cherry Blossom Wedding Invitation Suite]
Tell us a story of the people at the bus station: a ticket inspector; someone waiting for an arrival; someone leaving town with just the shirt on their back.
Make it a big(ish) one: three weeks, 500 words.
So that you don’t forget.
Paper, virtual, or mental.
Tell a story of some hot bookmarking action.
Project lasts two weeks: one story a week, 100 words a story.
Stories about the possibilities of every decision we make.
Week 1: a 300 word story that leads up to a decision.
Weeks 2, 3, and 4: each week, a 300 word story about the (different) decision made and the consequences of it.
Stories told in the 2nd person of an everyday ride that takes a turn for the unexpected. The ride should last about 250 words, and take about two weeks to write down.
Are they the brand new pair bought from big shiny sports store, or the roughed-up work boots found at the flea market? Why are they the favourite pair?
Write the story in 250 words over two weeks.
Travelling and eating is challenging even for the most seasoned traveller – linguistic ambiguity, weird cultures and just the plain bizarre nature of things folk eat team up to provide … narrative.
A short story humorous or insightful – 250-350 words around this theme.
2 weeks to – eat it.
Due to overlapping holidays and things, Fictitious is going on a pseudo-hiatus for the next few weeks. We’ll be making more Pitches, ready for diving back into action near the beginning of July.
If you’d like to join us, do the register thing. It will instantly add 100 IQ points and make you more attractive to everyone!*
* disclaimer: some or both of these things may be untrue. YMMV.
Eye-witness accounts are notoriously unreliable – people see what they want to see.
Write three tellings of the same incident, as expressed by three spectators – the incident can be everyday or exceptional.
One version a week for three weeks, each version 100 – 250 words.
Tell us a story in four parts:
The whole story should be about 1,000 words (completed over four weeks), but each piece can be as long or as short as you like.
You can use the elements in any order, but must use them all.
It’s been a rough day.
I need me a drink.
Something… with a kick.
Hey, bartender, what’s your signature drink?
What goes in it? Yeah, make me one of those.
How the hell did you come up with that anyway?
Manager says you’ve got one week.
And keep it short: name, recipe, and 100 words for the story.
Pic adapted from Cocktails 4 Two on Flickr.
The Bermuda Triangle, that is.
UFOs? Icebergs? Mermaids?
Share with us a story of a vessel, sea or sky, that was lost in the Bermuda Triangle.
Our sources suggest that the story would take two weeks, and be about 250 words long.
Pic adapted from Boat in Bermuda on Flickr.
Time for another Pitch generation phase ™.
Two weeks, at least two Pitches each.
Also: POIDH. Add a shiny, Creative Commons licensed, photo to make it pretty.
The prison guard to the new arrival.
The club bouncer to the under-age teeny-bopper.
The mother to the child with muddy shoes in the kitchen.
150 words, one week.
Three weeks to write 500 words.
Tell us what happened, why it’s so important, and how it changed everything.