I love writing stories. I've tried from time to time to write longer works, but they always kind of peter out, because I just can't do it on my own. I work best with other people.
So, I had this idea. I'm going to host a "rounds" contest for the story-writers out there. Each round the entrants will write a piece of the novel, based around their character(s); then I'll add my own contributions, edit everything, and stitch the whole thing together into a coherent story. No one will be eliminated; we'll all be in it from start to finish (hopefully).
But first I have to recruit some brave souls to write a novel with me
So for this audition round, submit a writing sample (new or prewrite) of 300 words or less so I can get a sense of your writing style.
I'll close the contest when I have 8-10 quality entries who will make it through into the main project.
1. I _will_ be editing your work for the finished product; I have to, to weave together the strands written by several different writers and make it all seamless. So if you don't like the idea of someone else changing your words, then don't enter. Don't worry, I'm a good editor; if you do enter, I think you'll like what we come up with.
2. This will take a while. A novel is usually around 80,000-100,000 words; each round, each entrants will be writing around 1000-1500 words, so we'll have at least 8-10 rounds (more if we want to achieve specific goals). If you aren't willing to be in this for the long haul, don't enter.
3. There's no way we can keep every storyline separate, and we don't want to. So other people will be writing for your characters, and there will definitely be rounds where you will be collaborating with other entrants. If you're not willing to participate in those things, don't enter. But I hope you do.
Oh, right. Before I forget... I know I wouldn't want to participate in something like this if the Judge/Project Manager (lol) didn't know what he/she is doing. So here's my writing sample (longer than 300 words, but I'm allowing myself more leeway
) -- http://allpoetry.com/poem/8879939-Lemons-by-ShadesOfGray
OK, let's get started! I can't wait to see what you come up with
I am an astronomer and a poet. I like nerdy things. My wife is the amazingly beautiful, intelligent, and talented Hyper Music, and my son is smarter than everyone and cuter than everything (even kittens).