Friday, April 6, 2012

One-Word-At-A-Time Story

This story is a project I began (hopefully) using my network of writer friends through the Starved Writer. We will each contribute one word at a time to this story until it reaches some sort of a conclusion. You can check back from time to time to check the progress, or wait until it's finished. That's up to you.

I would like to think we (the Starved Writer community) can create a 1,000 word story together. Once it's complete I will format it, get a cover page, and list the book at Every writer who contributes to the project will be credited in the index. All proceeds we generate from the book sales (ALL PROCEEDS) will be donated to a worthy writing group, although I haven't decided which one. (I am open to suggestions.)

If you would like to contribute a word, send it to me via my Twitter account (@jerrybattiste) or via Facebook. If it fits, I'll use it. But remember, it takes lots of different words to create a story so don't just send me grandiose, five dollar words or the story won't work. Also, I recommend you read the story and select a word which helps complete it. Don't just send random words. We're writing a story--not a crossword puzzle. Every writer who contributes a word will get a full credit for their submission. Yes, you can submit more than one word, but you must send just one word at a time. I will compile an index of every contributing writer, with Twitter handles, and insert it at the end of the book.

Let's do this thing!


Amazingly Margaret was unsure she'd win. The night began early enough that she knew she would never find enough time in the coming hours to


Chris Pommier said...

I would suggest 826 Valencia for the charity.

From their website: 826 Valencia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages six to eighteen with their writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our work is based on the understanding that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success and that great leaps in learning can happen when trained tutors work one-on-one with students.

Plus, they run the pirate store. ;-)

Sarah Schuster said...

Dave Eggers is one of my heroes.

Jerry Battiste said...

That is a great suggestion! I am checking it out right now. Thanks!! (plus, I like pirates!!)

G.E. said...

Great idea, but it's going to take time to get going. I tried to use Twitter to create a journalistic account of others' accounts of the Great Recession. It took a long time from Twitter users to open up and participate.