Collaborative Story Notebook


What I thought would be a simple one week project has instead, after three weeks, taken on a life of it's own. Matt, Jack & I are writing a short story this summer...sentence by sentence. It's taken some weird, but fun, turns and I know we are going to love it when we finish (although I believe it will be hard to decide exactly when to finish).

Interested in writing your own story? Here's what you need...


Seriously, that's it! A notebook, a pen and a few willing writers (more than one kid writer in the mix would be great too). We leave the notebook on the dining room table and each day we grab it when we have a free moment and write. The only catch is...you can only write one sentence per day. It can be really hard to stop yourself after one sentence!

And let me tell you, the story is never where you think it will be when you return the next day either. It's a lot of fun to see what my collaborators dream up. Our story has gone from baseball games to alligator encounters to rainstorms. New characters have been added too.

This project has been really wonderful as a way for all of us to use our imagination. It is quick & easy to do whenever we have a minute and is something Jack does on his own during the girls' nap time. But despite the fact that we each work alone, we talk about it as if we are writing as a team (and it is something we talk about often because we all think it is turning into a really fun story). This is a project that will be repeated every summer (until the kids refuse to do it anymore) for sure!
tracie @ {tsj} photography said...

AWESOMENESS!!!!!

Jackie G said...

super fun!! love it!

southern daze said...

Can't wait to hear how it turns out!

beckley said...

jackson's been writing this summer, too! except, one chapter per night, not a sentence. so, we should try the sentence thing. that would be fun! fun idea!

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

This is such a sweet idea!

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