Daily Archives: June 3, 2010

A to Z Story: jumpstart your brain

My youngest sister is a newly inspired, aspiring writer–kinda sorta.  She tried NaNo with me two years back and got a few thousand words into her gritty, noir, Gummy Bear mystery.  Last year technology kept her from participating.

However, she has a great sense of humor, loves fanciful things and wants to get writing again.  Yay her. 

She emailed me last night with a game.  Yay me.

Together, we will write a story from A to Z, passing our sections back and forth to be written as time and inspiration permit.  I hope we exchange passages every day, because the anticipation will kill me if I have to wait any longer than that.  In addition, if we keep to this timeline, we should write our way through the alphabet in one month. 

Jamie began with A, in what I suspect will end up a zombie story.  Ambling through the garden, staring at cauliflower and wondering what brains would taste like was my first clue. 

Broccoli, brains and biting started my B.  I think I pretty much cemented the  idea of a zombified short.

Although it really won’t be that short.  Jamie wrote 176 words and I followed with another 167.  If we average these numbers and multiply by the alphabet, we should end up with roughly 4,500 words by the end of June. 

Not bad for a little fun.

Better yet is the sheer freedom to create off the cuff.  I’ll use my letters to limber up my brain before digging into my real writing.  I think the creative juices will be helpful. 

Wonder what they taste like…?

My DD and I used to pass our time in the car by adding one sentence at a time to our stories.  I’ve seen bloggers attempt paragraph exchanges.  Great stuff comes out of silliness.  Like colonies of creatures living in belly buttons.  Or cauliflower munching pre-zombie zombies.  Like tweens just before puberty strikes!

If you want to join the fun, grab a partner and keep us posted on how it goes.  I’ll create a sidebar thingy to keep you updated on our progress.  Until then, you can answer some questions and let the rest of us know how you limber up your brain when your creativity crashes.

Do you participate in writing games to jumpstart your juices?  Have you played a similar game that Jamie and I are doing?  If so, how did it turn out?  What other prompts or dares have you taken to get in the groove and challenge yourself as a writer?

Inquiring minds want to know.  Especially before they get eaten…