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I have always had a love of writing, whether it is composing a letter to a friend, writing a paper for college or creating a short story. I wish more people took the time to read over the things they write. There have been so many occasions when I have received an email from a colleague or a document to review and I stop and think, ‘did you even read what you wrote?’ Chances are, if it doesn’t make sense to you, it certainly won’t to someone else. Good rule of thumb, read it out loud. Does the sentence flow or do you struggle to get the point across?

As a result of this blog aka Amy’s New Year’s resolution and my attempt to write every day, it reminds me of another website I came across while surfing the web one afternoon. Storymash.com. This website is great for anyone who is just beginning to write or even those that have been writing for years and want to work on refining their skills or just cut loose.

Storymash is a ‘creative writing community for authors, amateur writers, readers and anyone interested in collaborative fiction and collaborative creating writing.’ There is no limit to what you can write about on this website and writers even have the chance to make a few extra dollars here and there. Readers have the option of ranking the chapters they like. The higher your chapter is ranked, the more money you make.

Each author has the option of starting a new story thread or adding the next chapter in someone else’s story. It’s interesting to see how a story can veer off into a completely different direction based on another persons perspective. Storymash also sponsors writing contests every so often that may have a specific storyline idea such as a thriller or science fiction short story. Each author writes their version of how they think the next chapter should proceed. The readers vote on the one they like best and the chapter with the highest votes wins (usually a $100 to the author) and then becomes the basis for the next chapter. Each contest may have only a set number of chapters in it but there is no limit to the number of times you can participate.

I personally love Storymash because it allows me practice my writing techniques while receiving honest and constructive feedback from other individuals. It also helps me think outside the box and write things of a different nature, such as a thriller, that I might not otherwise attempt.

One response

  1. Jeremy

    Storymash sounds awesome!

    January 20, 2012 at 1:05 am

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