April Fool’s Day, Writers’ Edition

Forget about fooling your friends–use April Fool’s Day to get into the writing spirit…

Jump into Alternate Version Blogfest: post a short passage from your WIP, and then an alternate version of it in a different style on your blog. Check out other participating blogs and sign up to be listed as a participant on Livia Blackburne’s blog.

Ever heard of a republic called San Serriffe? In 1977, The Guardian published a faux report about a series of semi-colon-shaped islands that got readers excited about this new vacation spot. Read about the famous April Fool’s Day hoax here.

Today is the official start of Script Frenzy, a NaNoWriMo-style challenge to write 100 pages of original scripted material in 30 days. If you’ve been itching to write that TV show, play, or even graphic novel, sign up here to join the frenzy.

It might be difficult to find a copy of the famous “fake” novel, I, Libertine, but you can read here about how it was created. In 1955, deejay Jean Shepard encouraged his listeners to flood bookstores with requests for a novel that didn’t exist–I, Libertine, a title invented by a listener. Once bookstore owners started calling publishers to ask when the novel would be published, Theodore Sturgeon was commissioned to write it as a joke. Copies of the resulting novel are now rare collectors’ items.

Know any other great ways for writers to observe April Fool’s Day? Leave a comment.

Parker Peevyhouse hopes not to fall for any hoaxes today

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4 responses to “April Fool’s Day, Writers’ Edition

  1. The best one I ever pulled was several years ago. After we got all the kids in bed, my hubbie and I reset all the clocks an hour ahead (no, it wasn’t daylight savings). The next morning we had extreme panic on our hands when our kids thought they were all going to be late to school and MOM AND DAD WERE STILL IN BED. We finally convinced them it was a joke and then made pancakes for breakfast, something I never do on a school day.

    This year we’re giving out rats on a stick. Chocolate ones. I love my chocolate molds…

  2. Parker Peevyhouse

    Ha! That’s a good one. I’ll have to remember that when my son is old enough to tell time.

  3. Thanks for mentioning the blogfest :-)

  4. Oh, I love this! Thanks for sharing! :) I particularly love the San Serriffe one :)

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