Collaboration – Writing

Tri-Valley Writers published its fourth anthology last year. We had a party to celebrate, and in the spirit of collaborative writing we gave ourselves a challenge. Each table (of seven people) was given three prompts and ten minutes to come up with a scene. My table’s prompts were exaggerate, climbing a hill, and an unexpected gift. In ten minutes we had written a scene where a man is certain a mountain lion had pushed him down the hill at the back of the yard, but he would continue pruning the undergrowth. His wife says it was the neighbor’s cat, and he slipped on the ivy, but never mind she’s already called a gardening service. It was a silly scene – and great fun. If you want to bring out a different side of your writing brain, get a group together and toss out the prompts like candy at a parade.

Publishing an anthology is another way to collaborate with writers. Finding a way to agree on editing standards alone is worth the effort. You’ll be amazed at what you learn in that process. At the end, you’ll have a book of stories, and that’s always worth the effort. Voices of the Valley: Journeys may only get local notice, but you never know what that attention will bring. If you have a large enough group to share the expenses, consider publishing your own anthology to see your work in print.


                                                         

                                                    Luck and wisdom!

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