What is it?
The Blitz Round Robin is a work we create in our meeting. We pick a random theme, choose a member to start us off, and they have to write for fifteen minutes. After time is up, the next member gets a chance to read the work and then they have fifteen minutes to write. We do this until all of us have a chance to write.
There’s a lot of reasons to do this exercise. For our group the primary reason is to encourage speed of production. Generally, we are a group that spends too much time thinking or editing and not enough time pounding on computer keys. But there are other reasons to participate
- It might jumpstart some creative juices
- The process offers unique challenges each of us struggles with in our personal writing and sometimes we try to trip the following writer up
- It provides writers a chance to collaborate and work together
- The Round Robin gives us a chance to complete something small while we toil with larger works
- The activity forces forward movement where all of us sometimes linger our own projects to languish in interia
- Since we’ve decided to publish the final products to our blog, these activities give us a chance for publication and perhaps create an audience for our personal style.
Hear From the Group:
“The round robin is a great opportunity for me to develop speed in my writing. The group challenges everyone to write the other in a corner, to call back to an early passage or develop and introduce new character on the fly. I believe we all hone spontaneity and versatility every time we slam on the keys.”- Zach Stanfield.
“For me, the round robin is all about collaborative writing and melding four distinct styles into a coherent story. I enjoy seeing all my fellows’ contributions and moving the story forward with my personal flare. The best part comes after the exercise, when we edit. It’s inspiring to see a work created to try and make each of us fumble transform into a story in which I can’t tell where one writer’s words ended and another’s began.” -Jessica Donegan
“The round robin provides me with an opportunity to practice on thinking on my feet when it comes to having an idea and throwing it on the page. A lot of times I have an awesome idea that I start but falter two paragraphs in. The round robin also creates a accountability to get something down. Plus, I love coming in where someone left off and going crazy with the story. Painting someone in a corner can be fun as well.” – Patrick O’Kelley
Where to Go From Here:
We will publish our first group round robin. Since the work was not completed during the exercise, we each decided to add our own alternate ending. I, personally, am beyond thrilled to post the work and hope all our readers are able to enjoy some quick, fun stories!
Want to Read our First Round Robin? Check our Murder Love and Romance for our beginning with Christopher M. Palmer’s ending, Patrick Jospeph O’Kelly’s ending, and Jessica Donegan’s ending all available.