I’ve been hinting at a secret project for several weeks/months that I finally announced during Episode 53 of Get Published. For those of you who either don’t listen to the show or haven’t yet heard, spoiler alert. You may want to avoid reading further until after you have listened to the show. For the rest of you, read on.
The secret project is actually my first collaborative writing project. I am working with author, podcaster and social media personality, JR Murdock who currently has two books up on Podiobooks.com. We are writing a Steampunk, YA, Superhero mashup.
What is making it fun for both of us is the way we are writing the story. JR is writing the part of the hero and I am writing the part of the villain.
When we first started tossing story ideas around I knew that the part of the villain would be a blast to write. Naturally, I figured I would have to fight JR to the death to get the part. As it turned out, he felt exactly the same way about the hero so we had an accord right out of the gate.
So how did we go about getting ready to write as a team? Well, the first thing we did was come up with a high level outline. We decided how we wanted the story flow to go and went from there. We had most of the plotting completed prior to NaNoWriMo and started writing during November.
Weekly meetings to compare notes really helped and gave us the opportunity to bounce ideas off each other. We are now about 70 – 80% finished the first draft and then we will get down to revisions. The story has been a LOT of fun to work on and I can’t wait to share it with you all.