You readers of Do Or Do Not (all three of you) will soon be witness to an undertaking as bold as it as ambitious. OK, well, that’s overselling it by more than a little, but you will indeed soon be witness to a writing experiment to be conducted by myself, my partner-in-crime with the Geekz sites, Timmy B; Geekz contributor/man-about-’Net -b; and my most excellent wife, T-licious.
The four of us will be working exercise-by-exercise through Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide from New York’s Acclaimed Creative Writing School by the Gotham Writers’ Workshop and posting the results of each of the exercises on our various blogs for discussion, analysis and encouragement. Those of you out there reading along are more than welcome to help out with constructive criticism–but if you don’t have something nice to say, then go find somewhere else to say it. Anyone in the home audience who’s interested in playing along is also encouraged to do so. Send me links to where you have the exercises posted and I’ll slap ‘em up here.
None of us embarking on this little adventure are, as of yet anyway, professional writers of fiction, though I think we all want to be in our own way and we’ve all been doing it amateurishly (and I mean that both ways) for awhile. I think our little virtual writer’s group will be handy both for getting us off of our asses and writing and for actually improving the quality of what it is we write.
I can’t speak for my co-conspirators–they’re more than capable of doing that for themselves–but what I hope to get out of the experiment is 1) a finished (and I mean finished as in “in sufficient condition for submitting for publication”) story and 2) a better process for how I should go about writing my fiction pieces in the future. I tend to have a hard time keeping my attention on one piece long enough to carry it through to completion, so I really hope doing these exercises will help me with that problem.
Anyway, I don’t yet know how frequent the posts from any of us will be, and I certainly can’t promise that each of us will hit the same milestones at the same time. All I can promise is that we’ll give it a shot and see how it goes. So follow along, won’t you, as we struggle through our attempts to figure out exactly what it is we’re trying to do with our fiction writing and how it is we want to do it. You can keep up with the results in the following locations:
- For Terry’s entries, go visit Rintrah Roars, by far the classiest of the four blogs. She gets all talking about wine and literature and edumacated adult stuff like that.
- For Tim’s entries, go visit his spanking new blog, Hello, Cleveland. Don’t expect much yet, since he just created it today, but I’m sure soon it will be sparkling with witty commentary, most likely about Paul Westerberg and/or the Washington Redskins.
- For Brian’s entries, go visit his not-quite-as-new-but-still-awfully-spiffy blog, The B-log. Guaranteed to be the only one of the four where you’ll be able to read science fiction and info about medieval armor and weaponry.
- For my entries, well, just come back to this site.
Wish us luck!