Writers’ Schedule

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11/1    Marian Exall

11/2    Pam Helberg

11/3    Linda Lambert

11/4    Frances Howard-Snyder

11/5    Susan Chase-Foster

11/6    Dick Little

11/7    Nancy Adair

11/8    Laura Rink

11/9    Jordan Campbell

11/10  Drue Robinson

11/11  Cami Ostman

11/12  Lula Flann

11/13  Diana Dodds

11/14  Debbie Brosten

11/15  Jennifer Wilke

11/16  Judy Shantz

11/17  Kate Miller

11/18  Sean Dwyer

11/19  Barb Clarke

11/20  Victoria Doerper

11/21  Frances Howard-Snyder

11/22  Sky Hedman



11/25  Laura Williams

11/26  Eileen Laughlin

11/27  Dawn Groves


11/29  Wendy Gilson

11/30  Marian Exall



  • We’ll be using typical “improvisational theater” rules for this project. The most important guideline for improvisation is to accept offers, to say yes to what other authors contribute. For example, if the main character is given a mother in chapter three, the author of chapter four must accept that mother as a character now and give her space in the book. How much space author #4 gives mom is up to him, but he can’t say, “So the next day mom died and we get back to the story from chapter 2.”
  • Astute readers/authors of later chapters can pick up threads from and move action along from earlier chapters but must not negate what earlier authors have set in motion. There can be no, “I woke up and it was all a dream.” Accept and work with what earlier players have given you–like in a game of Scrabble. Also like a game of Scrabble, if you see that the story has backed up into a corner, seek to open up the “board” by creating possibilities for those who come after you. Okey dokey?
  • Don’t kill off the protagonist or a major character necessary to the moving forward of the plot
  • Don’t destroy the setting
  • Let’s try to create an ARC. The first third of the writers can focus on building the mystery, setting the stage for the problem. The second third can ramp up the tension and bring us to a point where we HAVE to know what will happen or who did it or why things are the way they are. The last third of the authors can focus on the denouement.


  1. You’ll get an email the day before you are to write your chapter
  2. Read the chapters that have come before your assigned chapter.
  3. On the day you’ve agreed to write, write!
  4. Send your chapter to Diane no later than 9pm on YOUR day. She will make sure it’s posted. Send it in an attached word document to this email: rwbarrow@live.com.
  5. Communicate with your fellow authors in this Facebook group (ask to join if you aren’t already in the group): https://www.facebook.com/groups/RWBNANONOVEL2017EatSlayLove/
  6. Have fun!