Thursday, 26 January 2012
Plot Hinge: Serial novels shaped by the real world
This post today is to tell you about this exciting new literary project, Plot Hinge. A new chapter is posted every week. The end of the chapter will be a cliff-hanger and to decide what happens next is up to world events. For example, the direction of Chapter 1 will take place on Groundhog Day, and whether or not Wiarton Willie sees his shadow. I don't think I explained that very well, so read this section of the website explaining more about Plot Hinge....
"If. For such a little word it certainly packs a lot of significance. If we never met at that coffee shop all those years ago, we wouldn’t be married. If I hadn’t missed my flight I’d have gotten that job. If it keeps raining our basement is going to flood. It’s remarkable how much this tiny word shapes who we are and where we end up in life.
Plot Hinge is built around that two-letter word and lets chance decide the outcome of online serial novels.
Each week a new chapter will be posted to this website. At the end of each chapter the story will be left at a cliff hanger with the story able to progress in a couple different directions. We then connect the story to an upcoming, real-world event. The outcome of that event will decide which direction the plot will proceed and the following chapter will be written accordingly.
For example, at the end of the current story’s Prologue (click here to go there now), the readers are left with the plot able to go in a couple directions. Whether or not Wiarton Willie sees his shadow on Groundhog Day (Feb 2) will decide which of those directions the story takes.
It’s a fresh approach to storytelling that leaves the fate of the plot to chance. The result is an unpredictable but rewarding experience for both reader and writer.
So how will these stories end? Well, that’s a bit iffy."
Sounds good, right?! The novel is written by Josh Martin, but if you have any ideas you can write a chapter and it could be published...
CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE WEBSITE.