Nick Hornby has launched The Forever Story in order to raise money and awareness for TreeHouse, a charity for children with autism. The more people who join in, the longer the story will be, and every contribution to the story generates a £1 donation from TalkTalk (the initial target is to raise £50,000). The first 35 words of the story, written by Nick Hornby, go like this:
"For the first nineteen years of his life, Johnny Razor wasn’t Johnny Razor at all. He was Malcolm Weatherly, and he was born in Mile End Underground station on the night of 17th September 1940.”
And the story develops from there, with various writers adding their 35 words to the mix. You'll find my contribution soon after Richard Curtis and right before Tom Stoppard (nice to see my name sandwiched between these two greats). So what are you waiting for? For full details and how to make your mark on the story, head on over to the site. Nice.
I'm off for a week's hiatus so while I'm away, take a look at a few cool new blogs that have hit the scene. Jez Freedman, a reader/writer, and a runner-up from last year's Red Planet Prize, has recently taken the blogging plunge. Elsewhere, Michelle Lipton has been blogging for a few months now. Recently, she shared her experience of making the final shortlist of this year's BBC Writing Academy (I hear ya, sister). When you're done there, put on a hard hat and head on over to Dan Turner's Disaster Area, and why not say hello to former BBC script reader Matt Cruse, who is now an electric writer. For a full rundown of what's happening on blogs everywhere, check out new service Alltop, if that's your bag. Right. That's it. I'm outta here.