Monotony-free Mondays (week 1)

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Well, today is the day!  It’s time to start writing our story together!  I hope everyone is as excited about this as I am!

Here’s a re-cap of what were doing…

For all of you that are reading this for the first time, or have forgotten what this is all about; here is a re-cap:

We are writing a story together.  Anybody that has a blog can participate in this.  I have started us out with a writing prompt that was chosen by all of you.  The winning prompt is:

The pebbles on the beach were warm and smooth under my bare feet.

Each Monday, and continuing through Friday, midnight – NACDT, (yes, I changed the day to give me the entire weekend to edit and review submissions) you as bloggers will have the chance to add-on to the story.  The additions to the story should be a paragraph or less in length (even one sentence is enough).  Every Sunday night thereafter, I will pick a winner, (winners will be announced on Monday mornings) and their piece of the story will be added to continue the story.  The winner will be given credit for their part in the story and a link to their blog will forever be embedded in the part of the story that they have written.

I am really excited to see what everyone comes up with.  I am not sure how long we will go on one particular story; I guess it will depend on if anyone decides to eventually write an ending for it.  If this happens, then I think we will just start from scratch with a new prompt and begin a new story, leaving the old one to be admired by all who read it.  🙂

Here are the rules for submitting story lines:

  • I will not accept story lines that contain fowl language of any kind.
  • I will not accept story lines over a paragraph long or shorter than one sentence in length.  (5 – 8 sentences is a good length for a paragraph, no more than 160 words).
  • Submissions must contain a link to your blog, so that I can give you credit for your part in the story.
  • Only one submission is allowed per blog site and I will not be accepting changes to the original submission.
  • Only well-edited story lines will be accepted.  So try to edit the best that you can!
  • By submitting a story line, you need to be all right with me making minor changes to your story.  I will only make changes when I feel that they are absolutely necessary.  Examples are; double words, punctuation, wrong use of word, etc.  I am not an editor, so I will do my best to make corrections if needed.  If you feel that something isn’t edited right, after I publish the story, then please feel free to let me know and I will make corrections.  This is a learning process for me, and I value your input!
  • Story lines must be emailed to me and not written in the comments section.
  • Everyone has an equal chance of winning and if your story lines are good enough, you can win two weeks in a row.
  • I will not be sending submission confirmations.
  • If you submit a story line and you don’t win, your name will still be given honorable mention.

I hope that you will all join in the fun!  Please share this with your friends, so that they can participate too!  I think this will be a fun way to share story ideas, create more traffic for one another, break up our crazy weeks, and form close bonds.  I can’t wait to get started!

To enter, please fill in the contact form below:

Please start your story line with the following sentence:

The pebbles on the beach were warm and smooth under my bare feet.

Feel free to leave questions in the comments section below!  Thanks!  🙂

22 responses to “Monotony-free Mondays (week 1)

  1. Looking forward to it.

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  2. Start Music and let us all enjoy it …. 🙂

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  3. Hi Michelle. When you get a chance, we need some limit guidelines around dialog since the one paragraph rule doesn’t really work well. Maybe a maximum word count? Thanks:)

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  4. Hows this… a paragraph is typically 5 – 8 sentences and a sentence is on average, 15 – 20 words. Lets multiply the top amounts and we get 160 words. Does that sound like a good number? If so, I will incorporate this new rule next week. I am loving the submissions so far! Thanks for your input! 🙂 ~M

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  5. Works fine for me:) I was just wondering. It was fun writing something last night. So many ways to go.

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  6. Yes, it will be interesting to see the twists and turns that the story takes. I am glad that you are enjoying this. I hope many more people will participate and have fun with this. 🙂

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  7. Reblogged this on Putting my Feet in the Dirt and commented:

    Today is the last day to get your submissions turned in! I am looking forward to reading these, so please don’t forget! 🙂

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  8. I missed this somehow. Hope it’s not too late but if it is, I’ll try again next week 🙂

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  9. Nope, it’s not too late! Today is the last day! Thanks for your submission!

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  10. I don’t know how I missed it but glad I slipped in on time. 🙂

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  11. That’s ok… I haven’t had as many submissions as I had hoped for, so I am hoping that it will catch on as we go. It’s always slow in the beginning when you start something new. I think as we go along, it will become more popular. I will even be designating a page in the header to the story itself. So if you win, you will have your part of the story permanently displayed on a stand alone page. 🙂

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  12. I have never tried this before but saw a story created by readers on another blog a while back and it was very much entertaining to read. Maybe not as much fun to edit 🙂

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  13. I have never seen anyone else do this, and so I am really just trying to figure out the best way to go about implementing everything. So far, I don’t seem to have much to edit. I had a lot of people like the original post, but half of those people never voted for the prompt. And now, I have just a handful of people that actually submitted story lines. Which is completely okay, since the submissions that I did receive are all very good. This just means that there’s more of a chance that you might win this time! Good luck! 🙂

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  14. I will enjoy the writing challenge. Winning would be an added bonus 🙂 It will be interesting to see what we come up with.

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  15. I really hope there are no hard feelings with anyone when I pick the winner. I hope everyone will care more about the writing than the winning! 🙂

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  16. Hopefully the reward is in the friendship of the effort together and enjoying the outcome.

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  17. Yes, that’s my hope exactly! I am glad that you and I have the same mindset. It’s great to have friends like that on WordPress. Where else can you meet people that share your same feelings on these matters?

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  18. It’s remarkable how WordPress enables like minded people to assemble in cyber neighborhoods. 🙂

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  19. Sorry I didn’t not do anything i have been very busy 😦 would love to do it if it happens again!

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  20. It’s okay! We will be doing it every week! So don’t worry, you will have another chance. Some weeks are like that after all! Take care and look for the next post on Monday! 🙂

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