This idea is not mine. It is stolen.
No wait. I can’t steal. I’m not allowed. I’m Catholic. You know: Five golden rings, four turtle doves, three blind mice, two Dos Equis beers, and honor the one true God. Wait. That might not be right. Where’s the part about stealing? Gosh golly, eighteen years of Catholic education and 25 years later it is all kind of a faint memory.
But a memory, nonetheless, and I know I am not supposed to steal.
Therefore, I am borrowing. Yes, borrowing a wonderful idea from a fellow blogger, Paula Action. After I tell you what it is, you may want click on her name and follow her, too.
Paula is starting a new serial story on her blog. She is calling it Sunday Stories. She is planning on writing an installment of 500-1000 words each week, and she will publish the new installment every Sunday. I love it! Dickens and Tolstoy, considered some of the greatest writer’s of all time, published works through a serial format. However, they did their work alone. They did not ask for input. However, Paula is asking, and so will I. Here is the fun part! Paula published a poll to ask her readers what they would like to read. She gave choices of genre to start, and then I imagine she is going to give more polls and more choices along the way.
I am borrowing this idea from Paula, and I am going to do something very similar. Because I would struggle with fantasy or horror, I am not asking for help with genre. It will be realistic fiction– sorry no gnomes, apes, or Romulans. However, I do love the idea of the reader driving the story. Kind of like the Pick-Your-Own-Adventure books I loved when I was a child. My favorites were the Encyclopedia Brown stories! I loved that I got to decide the outcome of the story. Now, you, my fabulously fantastic fiction followers, you will be able to make the choices each week; you will influence the way I craft the story.
I will not publish on Sundays. I figure I might want to try to go to church and piece together all of that Catholic education that is so latent in my brain. Besides, that’s Paula’s day, I do not want to steal that from her. I will be publishing this story every Saturday, and hopefully, together, you and I can make it go on for a while!
Welcome to Serial Saturdays!
Now, I will need you to answer a few questions. Whichever responses are the most popular on Friday will influence the way I craft the story on Saturday. Please vote!