Story Tennis

TennisSomeone recently introduced me and a few others to the concept of “Story Tennis”.

We are a foursome. The first player writes 200-500 words of a story, hits it over to the next player to continue, then it’s his or her turn and so on. We have no idea what’s coming next in the story as that depends on the imagination of three other people in sequence, but have to read carefully to ensure continuity. Amusing at times, to uncover the unexpected twists and turns in the story, it has kept us each in suspense. We get the pleasure of reading, writing and interacting with each other all in one game.

Thinking about unexpected twists and turns, I am suddenly reminded of the most shocking plot I ever read in a detective novel. This has got to be “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” by Agatha Christe, which I read decades ago. We are ameteurs, writing for fun and I would not in my wildest dreams make any comparison to one of the great writers of all time. With four people thinking very differently, though, we could be in for quite a few strange surprises. It’s a nice experiment. I wait in anticipation for my third round of writing!

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