Interview: Markus Liedl,, and Collaborative Writing


Current Stories on COWRITE.NET is a writing game.

In realtime you create a story together with others. Everybody proposes and votes sentences. After a minute only the best sentence is kept.

Are you good at coming up with possibilities how to continue a story? Are you creative and imaginative in finding good follow up sentences? Can you quickly find a nice sentence that develops the story into the direction you’d like it? One that the others like too, so they vote you up? Watch the video below to get more of an impression.

(update) Now starting to organize two daily tournaments: One at 11am GMT, which is 12:00 CET in Europe, 10pm in Sydney, and the other tournament at 9pm GMT which is 22:00 CET in Central Europe and 4pm US Eastern Time. Looking forward to see you there.

I’m @malie129 on twitter. Don’t forget to tell your friends if you like the experience.

Another blog post explains the rules in more words. (update) When you start a story at the site you decide on the voting time. Beside the tournament stories, which run for 30 minutes, there are also longer running stories. When you are on the site a list of most active stories appears at the left side. They are open to participation.

(update) Another video from the nice story of Oct26 Great Sunday Tournament:

(update) Sorry, that site doesn’t work on mobiles that are older than a year (around that). Windows Phones work when you update to WP8.1. Any mobile should work if it’s possible to install Firefox Mobile on it.

(update) Lindy_TM was very kind to test recent changes on her iPad 2. It’s working now as well. Many thanks Lindy.

(update) Kindle Fire devices are reported to work as long as you don’t log in… Have to look into that.

(update) Co-writer Steve111MV just reported the site works ‚perfectly‘ on his tablet, an ALCATEL ONE TOUCH POP8 which he updated to Android 4.2.2. On my tablet there’s only Android 3.2.1. I installed Firefox and the site works nicely as well.

Todays Great Sunday Tournament

Chris is doing a great job promoting my writing game among all the other writing competitions she lists at her site!cowrite/c1os1

Todays Great Sunday Tournament starts at 20:00 CEST which is 2pmET in Americas East.

(update) The direct link to enter the tournament is It will run for half an hour.

I wrote about the (simple) rules in another blog post. To get an impression of the „gameplay“ have a look at a recording of the first Great Sunday Tournament from 24th August:

Best you are on a desktop computer to participate, it is still only working on some (very new) mobile devices. If you play it on a mobile internet connection (3G) be sure to use the https url not the http one.

Hope to see you there for some creative fun writing.

Follow me on twitter @malie129, to get notified about other writing competitions at and now there is a separate account for german tournaments @cowriteDE

(one more update) A part of the tournament is now available as video.


Dear Readers and Writers,

in June this year I embarked on creating a new internet writing game. I had a vision of turning co-writing into something playful and gamelike. A game that would help people invent stories together, for fun, for the excitement of steering the future of a story together, for showing how good one can imagine how to continue a story, for showing how good one can write.

The game rules are very simple:

  1. everybody can propose a next sentence
  2. everybody can vote +1/-1 on all proposed sentences
  3. after a timeout of one minute only the best sentence is kept, the others are dropped.

This all happens realtime. The readers can see the written text instantaneously and everybody can see the votes with no delay.

All writers compete for the readers votes. To get voted they have to write something the readers like.

I guess this game can be interesting for many different kinds of people: kids learning to write, writers searching a creative pause or inspiration, storytellers luring for a new experiment, authors in search of writers block cure, even company meetings have been proposed.

When a story is played in the course of a tournament, there is also a score list summing which writer got how many votes. The winner of the tournament is the one with most score at the end. really is a playful fun game.

I will record videos of the co-writing experience at but currently there is none. To get an impression ask me on twitter for a short 10 minute demo, or watch some of the „replays“ available at or look at some of the stories written there:

Follow me on twitter to get updates about future tournaments: @malie129

Thanks for your attention, looking forward to play a story with you!