For the last stream, we did one of my favorite writing exercises: swapping a half-written story with someone and finishing it.
We’ve done this a couple times before, and this time faithful viewer NicoleDark volunteered to participate. We both began with the same auto-generated sentence, then wrote for half an hour, swapped stories, and finished the other’s story.
The sentence we started with that chat voted for was: “She folded her handkerchief neatly.” Here’s the stories we came up with:
You can read what we wrote here. (The places we stopped and the other picked up are bold.)
Just like the other story swaps we’ve done, I really enjoyed this. It’s always fun to see how differently people interpret the same opening lines, and how differently the stories end up from what they envision.
I really like where we took Nicole Dark’s story. At first I was a little worried because I wasn’t sure how we were going to get it all to work (what crime did she commit? where was her cellmate? why was she obsessed with cleaning?), but I think we made it all come together nicely in a fun, surprise twist.
After that we moved on to today’s prompt, and chat voted for this one submitted by thestuffedalligator: “While checking your garden, you notice something a little odd. Looking closer, you find a tiny homestead nestled underneath your zucchinis, with a tiny farmer standing out front. She waves at you.”
This story ended up pretty cool. I love how it starts off so bright and sunny and happy, just a fun gnome in a garden… and then takes a different turn.
If you want to join us and help write a story by trolling in chat, or share your own writing for feedback, then we’d love to have you. We stream on Twitch every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 7:30pm-10:30pm (U.S. Eastern Standard Time).
Hope to see you next time, friend!
Scott Wilson is the author of the novel Metl: The ANGEL Weapon, forthcoming November 2018.
Featured image: Pakutaso