MY WRITER’S JOURNAL – Oct. 12/17 – Co-Writers
A funny thing happened to me on the weekend. One of my writer friends put out a challenge to write a story based on a book title The Thinner. Another friend answered the challenge by starting a horror story and offered a challenge of her own to keep the story going. Just for fun, I answered the challenge and spent the weekend, between Thanksgiving festivities, checking my mail to see if she’d responded to my latest efforts. Neither of us had any idea where the story would take us. We just waited to see what the other had written and sent a quick response. By Tuesday we were both getting off on this fun challenge and decided to continue. We set up a document and now we’re emailing back and forth, (She’s in New Hampshire. I’m in Ontario.) offering ideas and feedback to each other. It’s like a game of tennis. Back and forth we go across the country.
Horror is certainly not my usual genre of choice. But it is nice to just sit down and write whatever comes into my head without thinking about the big picture. Although, having said that, the big picture is making itself known as we get deeper into the story. And isn’t that the joy of writing? In less than a week, we have 30 pages. Certainly better than what I could have done alone. It’s a good lesson in how to approach my own novel.
Neither of us know where this will all lead, and that doesn’t matter. It’s just a fun approach to writing.