Yesterday these words were typed into a search engine:
“Does inspiration depend on solitude?”
The person seeking an answer was led to this blog, which wasn’t very helpful—yet.
Some writers (I’m one of these) require solitude in which to collect their thoughts. Some find music stimulating. Some are inspired by discussion and collaboration. If you fall into the last category, then you’re probably enthused about using the Web to connect with other writers of the same sensibility. Here are a few places where they can be found:
Microfiction forms the building blocks used to construct stories on this site. Its originator, Kevin Lawver, explains:
Each and every ficlet is modular in that, though you may have written a stand-alone story with a beginning, middle, and ending, your fellow ficleteers may choose to write a prequel or sequel to your story. In this respect, you can think of ficlets as literary Legos.
I swear to you this was the first ficlet I read.
My Gorgeous Somewhere
The anonymous blogger Ceridwen is enchanted by collaborative poetry, or co-po, if you will:
The way we each respond to the words and phrases the other person contributes. How a piece that in one moment seems like it’s headed nowhere fast can, in a word or two, find its way somewhere startling, strange and gorgeous.
Collaborative poetry makes me all zingy—it gives me a pins-and-needles kind of weird-happy feeling.
The Chopin Manuscript
Why should bloggers have all the fun? Take 15 well-known thriller authors, a serial audiobook format, and a plot that begins with an American musicologist and former war crimes investigator discovering a hidden manuscript, thought to have been written by Chopin, whose notations conceal a deadly secret. Ask each author to add a succeeding chapter to the mystery, shake, and bake and you have a novel whose final installment was released by Audible.com earlier this month. Listen to the first chapter of the audiobook for free.
To learn more about collaborative writing, see the dozen or more examples listed in the Wikipedia entry or read the story “Creative Crowdwriting: The Open Book” by Kristin Gorski and her collaborators.
Writers come in all flavors, but they have a single definitive characteristic. They read.