Members of the team write diary entries for archetypes in a story: “The Hero”; “The Villain”; “The Princess”. We take turns submitting entries – again, I’d say this is a small group type of thing, 3 would be enough – and the entries have to follow each other in time (though they could contain flashbacks?). We’d need to riff on the story so far and respond to it, and drive it forward, hopefully in unexpected directions.
Word-count could be quite flexible. We could also short-cut some conventions by making the posting time “up to 1 week” with the next person’s week kicking in as soon as the post has appeared (this allows for shorter posts which may be fun for comical effect).
Comments would be optional, since the stories themselves respond to prior segments so you get engagement from that.
Each post is a short prayer. The prayers, asking for help with the most intimate issues, would be a way of giving a glimpse into people’s stories. I like the idea of each round of submissions having a theme – “Run for your life”, “Justice”, “The good old days” etc. Alternatively we could move from reality to invention – prayers in the here and now, then prayers in different places and times, then prayers in other universes, that kind of thing. The trick is to find out what people could be praying for, what that says about them. I think the number of participants is very flexible – this doesn’t quite fit with the categories below, but I’m not fixed on a specific number, 5 – 10 I guess?
I’m not too fixed on the categories below, they are just suggestions too – open for debate.
Each post is written from the point of view of a person travelling in a train carriage. As more perspectives are added, a picture of the moment on the train emerges.
Participants: Steve, Jo, Andrew.
Terms: 100 – 200 words per author each week by Sunday for 8 weeks.
See below the fold and in comments for the evolution of this pitch.
Obituaries. Next to the comics and the crossword. Morbid, morose, sad, and yours.
Write an obituary in the second person. Be as dry or as flowery as you like.
Condolences to the family in the form of comments on the obits. This may not be the best time to ask for that R500 you’re owed from last week’s poker game.
Word Count: 300
In Vino Veritas, and all that. The human race is constantly expanding and finding new ways and places of making booze. Wine on the moon? On a satellite orbiting the Earth? On a floating thingy on a lava bed? At the bottom of a deep sea trench?
Write the back of the wine label, giving some details about the soil, the new cultivars, the farm that produces the wine.
Comments on the wine. Bit tart for your tongue? Wet saddle overpowering the fresh grass? Let the winemaker know.
Word Count: 300
Instruction manuals! Who doesn’t love them, used to stay up until 3 a.m. reading them under the bedcovers with a torch, cuddle them on those cold winter nights?
The manual should be a one-pager, about 10 steps long.
The object should be real, but can be unexpected.
Commentage on the other manuals. Perhaps questions, if you get stuck on step 4.
Word Count: 300
The name of the inventor and their invention, plus a brief description (about 100 words) of the invention.
Set slightly in the future to allow for flying cars, jet packs, sentient televisions, etc.
Comment on all other participants entries.
Word Count: 100