Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year! Lets write a novel!

First off, let me make something very clear: Im not a writer... to be honest, Im barely a reader. Almost all of my favorite books have far more pictures than words and nearly every great story I have been exposed to has come in the form of comics, graphic novels, video games, magazine/website articles or movies. The last great book (without pictures) I read was... I will have to get back to you on that.

Why and how to write a book, by a guy who knows nothing about writing a book:

I was arguing with my brother, who is a high school teacher, on the phone about story telling in games. He always has lots of reasons why certain stories are told better than others. So I ask, "Why don't you write a story?" We talked about how most people want to do something but they don't know where to begin or they start and lose motivation with no end in sight or they just over think everything to the point of no commitment. "I have a solution for all of these problems!" 

I watched a great, simple TED talk given by Matt Cutts where he talks about creating 30 day challenges for yourself. He wrote a book in 30 days. So I proposed we try to do the same thing, but make a game out of it while killing the commitment issue entirely. On Jan 1st (today), I will write the first chapter of a story then send it to my brother who will continue the story by writing chapter 2 on the 2nd (tomorrow) then send it back to me. So I will write all the odd number chapters on the respective days. So at the end of the month we will have a finished book. 

The Rules:
-No planning or speaking about possible outcomes. 
-No killing off newly introduced characters or entire casts (regardless of how bad they are)
-No completely changing direction or storyline by dream sequence or any other random scenario.
-No breaking or changing the style or believability of the world.

So I'm doing chapter 1 tonight. I need a starting point so earlier today, I asked each of my family members individually to write a random word on a piece of paper. A noun from Jaz, a verb from Sasha, an adjective from Kayla and a characteristic from Liz. So I have 4 words to base an idea from: Goop.... Chuck (as in throw) .... Fancy .... and Compulsive.

All right, this is going to be fun and terrible at the same time!  :)

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