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My Experience with Collaboration

My Experience with Collaboration

I’m currently working on a couple of writing projects that I’m co-writing with my best friend, who goes by the screen name Allegra. These two stories we’re working on are vastly different, one being a futuristic sci-fi and the other being a fantasy set in Wonderland, and they’ve each presented their own challenges and joys, which I’ll try to go over a bit in this post.

The first story we started working on together is a sci-fi called Unstoppable. It’s the first of four books, and it follows a group of twelve escaped test subjects who have been genetically modified to have superpowers.

With this one our main problem is keeping the story going. We’re both kind of hazy on how the plot should go, so we plan on putting together an outline before we continue, or least part of one.

Allegra’s favorite thing about this story is getting to see through her MC’s eyes. Each of us has a character we write the POV of, and hers – Dagmar – is a very harsh, angry character, and she likes getting into a head so different from her own.

I’m not super in love with any part of the story, to be entirely honest, but if I had to choose a favorite thing it would probably be my POV character Raegyn or the character Trey who ends up being her boyfriend at some point. Actually, I think I probably like the overreaching, evil government the best, or Dagmar, because they’re probably the most developed parts of the story. I think Unstoppable needs some more work.

The other story we’re writing is currently just called Wonderland, since we have yet to come up with a better title. It’s also part of a series, called The Looking Glass Chronicles. It follows eight MCs as they hunt for relics from each of eight significant characters in Wonderland, who are dying and need to be replaced. The MCs are there to replace them.

There isn’t really a main problem with this one at this point, but to begin with we really butted heads on a few things because we’re both really stubborn and we saw a couple of the characters different ways and wanted to write the same characters. It was kind of a mess, but we got it sorted out.

Allegra and I both really, really like this one, so lowering down to one favorite is practically impossible. She said she likes how the two POV MCs – Chess (mine) and Hattie (hers) – are polar opposites. She also likes how the characters interact, and she really likes the base of the story itself.

I have to say I agree with her on all of those things. I also really love the majority of the characters. Probably my favorite character relationship, though, is between the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat. It’s really fun to write them bickering constantly.

Overall I think I like collaborating, though I can only probably handle a couple of collaborations in the same time frame before it can get frustrating. It can definitely help to have someone else working on it, too, because there’s another whole brain full of ideas and they have a different viewpoint on things than you do, so it can be frustrating but also really interesting and helpful.

Farewell to June

Farewell to June

Hey! Two recap posts on time in a row! Progress! Let’s get started, shall we?

June’s Writing

I actually haven’t done a ton of writing this month. I worked on several chapters of House of Mages’ third draft, and then got really irritated at it and decided to set it aside until after July’s Camp NaNoWriMo.

Those of you who have read a lot of my blog have probably heard of The Half-Elves. Well I decided one evening to just write something random with them, and I got a two-page short story out of it, in which they actually acted like themselves. I actually posted it, come to think of it. You can find it here.

And I’ve also started plans on a new trilogy, which I talked about in my last post.

June’s Reading

I haven’t read much this month, either. I did read Heartless by Marissa Meyer, however, and I highly recommend it. It was sooooo good! It was heartwrenching at the end (no pun intended), but it was so good. I’d warn you not to get attached to anyone, but that’s an impossible feat, so I won’t suggest trying it.

I’ve also been reading The Collective by R.S. Williams, since I won it in a giveaway (which surprised me, since I don’t tend to win things). I plan on reviewing it once I’m done.

And, if this counts, I read a story that a friend of mine wrote when he was about eight, which had me rolling on the floor laughing, particularly when coupled with the sarcastic comments that he and friends of his had left on almost every other line. My favorite quote from that story was definitely, “Drink this, you great big flashlight!”

Other Fun Stuff

My choir got to sing at Wolftrap with Celtic Woman on June 20th! It was a spectacular experience, although to be entirely honest the excitement seemed to be on a fifteen-hour lag. I didn’t freak out until about ten the next morning, lol. But it was really, really cool to hang out with the choir and meet Celtic Woman and sing in front of thousands of people and just… it was amazing. (Dude, I performed on a stage that Lindsey Stirling has performed on! *squeals*) I called the late excitement “post-concert euphoria.” (I’m a fan of The Space Between Us, so I had to make a reference to it, even if no one got it.) Just being on the bus with the choir is a great experience, because we sing the entire way, randomly bursting into VeggieTales or Disney or Phantom of the Opera or three-year-old choir songs. It’s great, and there’s never a very long lag in the music, because someone will always get us started again on something new. I adore my choir. ^-^

On top of that, one of my fellow choir members and I talked about writing several times this month, which is really cool because I don’t have very many writing friends I’ve met in person.

And in a similar vein, I’ve realized I have a couple of really great friends that aren’t just online friends. (My online friends are still fabulous, by the way.) I’ve often bemoaned my lack of “real life” friends, so it’s really cool to realize I actually have more than I noticed.

I’ve also had a song written about me now. *checks that off bucket list* One of the above mentioned friends wrote a song about each me and another friend, which was cool. ^-^

So overall it’s been a pretty spectacular month. How have you guys been this month?

Writers Like Us Interview 4: Marci

Writers Like Us Interview 4: Marci

Welcome to the fourth and final installment in the Writers Like Us series! Our last interviewee is Marci.

 

Alpine Writer: What author or authors do you think most influenced your writing?

Marci: I wouldn’t necessarily say my writing was influenced by any person in particular. I just write. :)

 

A: What genre do you write?

M: Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Bildungsroman…anything I can put magic in.

 

A: Do you tend to stick to one genre or do you like to write lots of different things?

M: I write whatever I really feel like writing. ;D

 

A: Do you tend to write the same kind of things as what you read?

M: I read most things, so yes? No? Maybe?

 

A: What is your most recent work-in-progress?

M: Two things– the rewrite of my NaNoWriMo novel– The Day the Sky Wept– and a story involving an angel/valkyrie/grim-reaper-type creature.

 

A: What are some of your favorite books?

M: Good Omens [Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett], A Whole Nother Story [Dr. Cuthbert Soup], Famous Last Words [Katie Alender], Bliss [Kathryn Littlewood], The Curse of the Blue Tattoo [L.A. Meyer (?)] etc…

 

Cool!

Thank you for reading the Writers Like Us series! I hope you enjoyed it. :)

Writers Like Us Interview 3: Matt

Writers Like Us Interview 3: Matt

Welcome to the third installment of Writers Like Us. Today I’ll be interviewing Matt.

 

Alpine Writer: What author or authors do you think most influenced your writing?

Matt: I’d have to say Timothy Zahn and Robert Jordan have been my biggest influences, Jordan more for description, worldbuilding and and intrigue, and Zahn more for things like dialogue and twists. My other favourite author is Brandon Sanderson, and although I can’t think of any specific ways he’s influenced my writing style, I’m sure he has. I’ve also found a lot of the materials on his website to be inspirational, rather than influential, which puts him up there too.

 

A: What genre do you usually write?

M: I normally write fantasy, but I’ve been working on some young adult superhero-y stuff lately. One of my favourite things about writing is figuring out how the magic systems work, so I always try to include something magic in the story.

 

A: Do you tend to stick to one genre or do you like to write lots of different things?

M: I go all over the place, with my novels mostly being fantasy but occasionally whatever a superhero story is, and with my short stories all over the place, from horror to comedy to just weird. I have a mystery novel planned, but haven’t started writing it, so I’m not sure if that counts.

 

A: Do you tend to write the same kind of things as what you read?

M: Yes. I started writing because I kept saying, “I’d like to see a book that does this,” and one day I just decided to do it. My writing is for me, not for anyone else, because I’m writing for love of what I’m doing. I think that’s the most important part of it.

 

A: What is your most recent work-in-progress?

M: I’m currently working on two novels. The first is the beginning of a young adult series called Incendiary, about a couple of bored high school students who get superpowers and decide to see if they can take over the world. That one’s really fun to write, because it’s centered around the villains making their plans and trying to keep everything hidden. The second novel I’m working on doesn’t have a title yet, but it’s a fantasy novel in which the villains think they’ve found the fulfillment of a doomsday prophecy, along with a half dozen other major events that I don’t have the space to get into, and I probably couldn’t describe briefly.

 

A: What are some of your favorite books?

M: Well this is going to be a long answer. The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan is amazing, and I’ll devour anything Timothy Zahn’s ever written, with The Icarus Hunt, the Blackcollar and Conquerors series, and Spinneret probably being his best works. Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series, like most of his other stuff, is great. I recently read Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, and thought it was really good, although that’s a polarising one. I could keep going, but if I do I’m never going to stop, so I’ll just leave off with that.

 

Awesome!

Tune in next week for the fourth and final installment!

Writers Like Us Interview 2: Ember

Writers Like Us Interview 2: Ember

Welcome to the second installment of Writers Like Us! Today’s interviewee is my friend Ember.

 

Alpine Writer: What author or authors do you think most influenced your writing?

Ember: C.S. Lewis, Tolstoy (Hopefully, at least, I love him to bits), Chesterton

 

A: What genre do you write?

E: Fantasy/Science Fiction/Allegory

 

A: Do you tend to stick to one genre or do you like to write lots of different things?

E: I like to write everything that comes into my head. Except romance novels. Ew.

 

A: Do you tend to write the same kind of things as what you read?

E: I most certainly try to, it’s generally my rule of thumb for writing

 

A: What is your most recent work-in-progress?

E: An allegory that is going nowhere, and an unnamed group project with our wonderful GG

 

A: What are some of your favorite books?

E: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Pilgrim’s Regress by C.S. Lewis, The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and a Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo and that’s all I got off the top of my head :)

 

Cool!

Tune in next week for the fourth installment!