Let’s Write a Blogvel!

So I have this idea that I would like to invite you all to participate in.

I am calling it a Round Robin Blogvel. It’s a novel that is written by many authors via their blogs.

Here’s how it works:

  • I will write chapter one and post it on my blog.
  • Someone else will write chapter two, based on my beginning, and post it on his or her blog.
  • Someone else will write the next chapter, based on developments in previous chapters, and post it on his or her blog.
  • Repeat until everyone has had a turn.
  • I will write the concluding chapter and post it on my blog, UNLESS someone else feels a burning desire to do so.
  • Each person who posts a chapter will include a link to the FIRST chapter (for newcomers who want to start reading at the beginning), a link to the PREVIOUS chapter, and a link to the blog where the NEXT chapter will go up, to make it easier for readers to follow the whole story.
  • I will post a link to the latest chapter on my blog every week, OR I will make a Round Robin Blogvel PAGE and update it weekly.
  • Chapters will go up on the same day every week. Probably Monday.
  • The more authors who participate, the longer our blogvel will be.

I think it’ll be a great way for writers to meet other writers, and for readers to find more awesome blogs they didn’t know about. Also I think it will be very fun.

So here are the RULES:

  • You can write in your own style, and you can make just about anything happen. The only thing I ask is that what you write flows naturally from what came before. A hypothetical example: If Mary Sue has always been kind to animals throughout previous chapters, and you decide she is going to throw stones at a puppy in your chapter, you MUST provide a believable motivation for the sudden change. Like, you know, demon possession, or being under a spell. Or maybe a killer puppy.
  • Please keep chapters to 2,000 words or less
  • Please be sure you can do it if you sign up. It will be more difficult for everyone (but especially me) if you flake out.
  • Post your blog entry on MONDAY the week your chapter is scheduled. Email me a link to your chapter at michelle [dot] simkins [at] gmail [dot] com.

Now you are asking, “How do I join in on this fantastic adventure?” Lucky for you, no dwarves or wizards need mar the green paint on your door to issue an invitation. All you have to do is email me at michelle [dot] simkins [at] gmail [dot] com. When you send your email:

  • put “Round Robin Blogvel” in the SUBJECT line.
  • include a link to your blog
  • let me know if you want to write a chapter at the beginning, middle, or end of the blogvel. OBVIOUSLY if you start at the beginning, you will be writing your chapter sooner. If you go middle or end, you are at the mercy of the plot twists of all authors who came before you.
  • Get your email to me by midnight on Monday, May 23.
  • Please email me even if you already said you were in on Twitter or AQConnect. I need your contact info, blog link, and your beginning, middle, end preference.

After sign-ups close, I will take all of the author’s requests and assign chapter numbers to everyone. I imagine there will be a certain amount of shuffling and tweaking that has to be done. So, allowing another week for that, I believe that chapter one of this endeavor will be posted on Monday, May 30. That is, however, a TENTATIVE start date and could change depending on the number of participants. And on how fussy they are.

That’s pretty much it . . . UNLESS the second coming of Christ really does happen this Saturday. In which case I’ll have to contact everyone who signed up, to make sure they were left behind.

So, who’s in?


14 thoughts on “Let’s Write a Blogvel!

    1. Excellent! I received your email, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with in chapter two.

      KIDDING! I’ll put you in the middle somewhere.

  1. This is one of those days I wish I had a blog… I’m working on my new site, which will have a blog, but I don’t know that I can get it done in time. :/

    1. Liz, you could always write a guest post on a friend’s blog. I could even post your chapter here on Greenwoman if you want. Something to consider! If you want to send me an email.

  2. I’m not the right person to contribute to your blogvel, but I will be very curious what Familyradio.com will have on their homepage when May 21 has passed without something serious happening… 🙂

    1. Mira, you make me laugh! And though you might not CONTRIBUTE to the blogvel, I hope you will do something equally essential–READ IT!!!! 😀

    1. Jenny, I don’t want to bully you. But do remember that you would only be responsible for one little chapter out of many, and you might find yourself having a grand time.

      So, if you WANT to do it, you will be most welcome!!!! If you don’t, then I hope you will sit back and enjoy observing the hilarity. It is bound to be absurd.

    1. TENTATIVELY on May 30 (a week from Today). I have to get all the participants together and make a list of chapter assignments. Then I have to WRITE chapter one. Can I do it in a week? Hmmmm . . .

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