Who wants to play? (last call!!)



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 calledΒ 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;


  1. Provide me with your email, if I don’t already have it.
  2. Wait for your turn. (LOL)
  3. When you receive your starting sentence/line from me, use it as the beginning of your part of the puzzle.
  4. Send your part to me.
  5. Wait for the final result!


I will be starting two separateΒ 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!




58 thoughts on “Who wants to play? (last call!!)

    1. Thank you for joining in πŸ™‚ I added you to the Story Team! I copied your email adress and removed it from your comment, for your privacy! I’ll contact you when we officially start the game…

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  1. That sounds like it could be fun, depending on what lines a person has to work with.
    If it starts out as ” The coroner determined that the body had been in the river for several weeks… and ended as…they lived happily ever after,” it might be hard to fill in the middle. 😁

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    1. Mouahahaha good point, Christine πŸ™‚ I played a couple of times with the readers of my personal blog, and we never had that problem. It did happen that the last sentence was too short to give enough inspiration, and I sent 2 sentences to the next writer, just in case πŸ™‚

      Let me know if you wish to join in!

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      1. Great! Just drop me a note via the contact page of the blog, so I have your email adress, and I’ll contact you when your turn comes πŸ™‚ And just let me know if you prefer the Story challenge, the Poetry one, or if you want to play both.


    1. So glad to add you to our little writing game πŸ™‚ Can you just tell me if you want to participate to the Story challenge, the poetry one, or both, please? I’ll contact you as soon as your turn comes!


    1. Hello there πŸ™‚ Thank you for playing along! There is no minimum or maximum of words for both challenges, but for the story game, I recommend to keep it to a max of around 250-300 words, in order to have a final story that isn’t too long for readers… I still have to think about the poetry side of the challenge, but we have a lot less participants, so I think I’ll really leave it to the inspiration of the people playing!

      I have your contact information, would you like to join team Story, team Poetry, or both? πŸ™‚


      1. Probably a good plan. Wednesday, Thursday & Friday I work very long days – so I don’t have chance to do any writing. Any posts published those days are written and scheduled well in advance.

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