Dear fellow wordsmiths,
With the start of the year, I had an idea to invite you to play with words in a different way. Not a “new” way, per say, since it is a writing game that goes back to the 1920s, and I have not invented anything. But if you follow my personal blog, you might remember that we played last year, and the year before too!
The game is called Cadavre exquis, and here is how it works:
Let’s say that 3 people are playing. We’ll call them Writer1, Writer2 and (yes) Writer3. Writer1 writes the premise of a story or poem. Writer1 sends only the last sentence or line to Writer2. Writer2 continues the story or poem, using Writer1’s sentence/line as the beginning of their part. Writer2 sends their part to Writer1, who then provides Writer3 with the last sentence/line of Writer2’s work. Writer3 uses it to write the conclusion of the story/poem, and sends it to Writer1. Finally Writer1 puts the three parts together, and we get a surprising story/poem to read as a whole.
(Please feel free to ask questions if this was not clear… I know that it can look confusing, but it is really simple once you’ve tried it, hehehe)
I will be taking care of most of the work here, all you will have to do if you join in, is the following;
- Provide me with your email, if I don’t already have it.
- Wait for your turn. (LOL)
- When you receive your starting sentence/line from me, use it as the beginning of your part of the puzzle.
- Send your part to me.
- Wait for the final result!
I will be starting two separate cadavre exquis. One story, and one poem. If a lot of you decide to join in, I might break people into teams, so that the final posts are not too long. I’ll let you know if that should happen.
So… Please leave a message in the comment box if you wish to participate. Also mention if you prefer to join the story or poem team, or if you’d like to try both!
Looking forward to playing with you!