Ten writers for children. All with something to say.


Exquisite Corpse, Part 5, From Diane

My last line is:

"Tuna fish or pastrami on rye?," Ralph asked his cat, who had decided to join the party now that something interesting was finally happening.


Exquisite Corpse, Part 4 from Edie

“We’ll never know till someone puts some paper in the typewriter,” said Ralph.


Last Sentence

I was good. I didn't peek, so I might have taken the story in a completely different direction.

Here is my last sentence:

In Kentucky, Rooster was becoming famous, until he crowed, "¡Kikirik√≠!"


Exquisite Corpse Part Two

Christy's last sentence was pretty provocative! It took me a while to puzzle over what to do with it, but eventually I came up with a short scene that ends with this sentence:

He lowered himself onto a milking stool and added, "She should have never taken up with that salesmen from Kentucky."

Good luck, Carmen!


The Exquisite Corpse #1

My last sentence and story-starter for David:

So, when we read that Claire was found lifeless on the kitchen floor with only a waffle at her side, the irony was not lost on us.


Shared Genius and The Exquisite Corpse

The Surrealists embraced collaboration and disrupted rationality. In 1925 they played an old parlor game called Consequences, where each player wrote on a piece of paper then folded it over to conceal most of the writing, and passed the paper along to the next player. Each contribution grew from the previous one. The initial result for that group was the collected phrase: “Le cadavre / exquis / boira / le vin / nouveau” (The exquisite corpse will drink the young wine). They thought that these combined fragments revealed the personality of the group.

Will One Potato Ten bloggers reveal our collective personality to readers?
This cycle we allow the deep oceans of our unconscious minds to flood together. (I'm sure you can hardly wait!) Each of our members will write a story fragment in response to a final sentence relayed from a previous contributor. These final sentences will be e-mailed privately to one writer next in our sequence, and then posted as teasers for our readers only. One Potato Ten members will avoid reading the blog until after posting final sentences. When all ten of us have completed our writings we will post The Exquisite Corpse story in entirety.