A Crowdsourced Novel
Read it here – Say what comes next.
On a soft summer night, Frank Smith strolled around his neighborhood when two men in dark suits came beside him and took firm hold of his arms. “You’re coming with us, Mr. Speck.” A black limo rolled to the curb and the men propelled him into the back seat. The door slammed and they pulled away.
Crowded between the two, he became aware of the smell of sweat and garlic. The driver wore a black leather jacket and shoulder-length hair. Frank looked from one man to the other and settled on the older one. “My name’s Smith. You’ve taken me for somebody else.”
The man sneered. “Don’t insult my intelligence. We know all about you, Mr. Speck.”
“No, really. You’re making a mistake. You can check my driver’s license.”
The other man stuffed a bag over Frank’s head.
IF YOU ARE READING THE CROWDSOURCED DRAFT OF THE NOVEL FROM THE BEGINNING — Chapters are in reverse-chronological order. Scroll up. Click on next chapter.
HOW TO PLAY–Just for fun, I’m taking this blog in a new direction—an interactive story like the one Nate and Zachary play in my novel. With many players, a few rule changes are in order:
1.) KEEP IT SHORT – It’s easy to play Nate’s game. Just enter your idea as a comment like, “their jeep drives off a cliff.” Don’t worry about form—just suggest the next step in the story. I’ll pick one, write it, and post it as a scene in serial form.
2.) KEEP IT CLEAN – I hold the veto pen. Since this is an experiment, I get to add rules as we go along.
3.) SHARE – Your posts are a precious gift to me. Maybe you’ll help write my next novel. Maybe we’ll just have a great time. I take you at your word that all ideas are your own original thoughts. No criticism. No arguments. No lawsuits allowed. Let’s have some fun.
To get us started, I’ve taken the first turn. Now it’s your turn.