Have you tried the Instigation Playground yet? It’s a fun way to collaborate on responses to my “prompts on the dark side” live on twitter, using an awesome new interface called AuthorBee, it allows writers and readers to switch and continue threads “mid-stream” as the storytelling unfolds.
The “playground” was mentioned this week in Publisher’s Weekly‘s coverage of AuthorBee, in Calvin Reid’s article, “Using Twitter, @AuthorBee Creates Fan Engagement”:
Award-winning horror novelist Michael A. Arnzen (100 Jolts and The Gorelets Omnibus) is using the @AuthorBee app to engage his fans in advance of the release of his new book, Instigation (which is a collection of tips and advice to fuel creativity in writers). Arnzen sent out a call to his followers to help him create “a seven course meal menu that gets increasingly disgusting with each new entrée.” His followers responded with a long list of creatively awful suggestions for the hypothetical meal that are archived for reference and future use. His branded @AuthorBee channels also offers fans the ability to buy the book directly via the @AuthorBee website.
Arnzen said, “I see AuthorBee as a great literary experiment. The platform is designed to enable collaborative writing and creativity, and it’s a smart way to integrate Twitter, especially since a lot of ideas come from story prompts that I’ve shared with my followers. It will be cool to see how people use it to create multiple storylines and see their collaborations in a different way.” — Publisher’s Weekly
To join the Instigation Playground, you just need to have a free twitter account, and to follow @AuthorBee to have access to the site. Once you’re there, it’s easy: go to the #Instigation channel, and add segments underneath the story prompts to your heart’s content, continuing an already-begun tale or starting off on your own path. Alternatively, you can just reply to story segments in twitter itself. Along the way, it might help inspire you to come up with new story ideas of your own, which is the whole purpose of Instigation. Come over and play!