By Rick Benger | Sep 08, 2017
A coffee table book full of unfinished short stories. Anyone
can pick up a pen and write the next bit.
Once Upon a Pancake is a coffee table book full of
unfinished short stories.
You pick up a pen and write inside. Add a little bit or a
longer bit — go wherever your imagination takes you. Then
pass the pen. The next person keeps the story going, riffing,
joining the dots and sparking ideas, and then the next person,
and so on, and so the story grows.
The book is a great way to get creative together, whether just
for a giggle or with the aim of stretching your imagination and
lateral thinking skills.
Every copy will be a one-of-a-kind: full of stories made unique
by you and your friends’ collective imaginations.
“I wrote this book because it’s fun to make stuff up together,”
says Rick Benger, creator of Once Upon a Pancake. “It’s
wonderful to share your imagination, try to bend and squish
little stories together.”
There are over 100 unfinished short stories inside. It will
make office coffee tables more fun and it will offer a
productive break from being productive. Each story can be
thought of as an exercise in collaborative creativity. To
contribute, it’s best to adopt a spirit of play and shake off
the fear of saying something silly. Each writer will bring
their own genius, skew and divergent associations. But what
diverges must ultimately converge; it’s a team effort, after
all, and the story must end when the page does… How far to
open it up before you wrap it up?
The challenge is to put unexpected things together, think about
how others are thinking, and balance your own voice with
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