Q: Quick Writing Update

Regular readers of my blog may recall that my husband (Greg) and I are writing a fantasy novel together. We haven’t told too many people about it or even much of what it’s about.

However, I can say that pygmy sheep are involved.

“Turn your back on a pygmy sheep for a moment & BAM! Before you know it, you’re tumbling down a steep hill unsure of which way is up.”

That’s the biggest preview we’ve given the world. We have two alpha readers who are reading it chapter-by-chapter as we finish. So far, we have a first draft of five chapters (plus a prologue) completed. It’s slow going, but it is at least moving forward.

Next month, we have rented a cabin in Townsend, Tennessee for five days. We are using this vacation as a writing retreat (with lots of hiking built in). My goal is to get at least two more chapters hashed out while we’re there. And I hope to have at least one additional chapter finished before we even go.

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Q: Quick Writing Update

  1. How do you set about the chapters? Do you write them individually and compare ideas, or do you discuss and write together? Have you already written a synopsis to give you both a guide for the sake of sanity? So many questions. LOL

    1. Here’s a slightly edited response that I made to a similar question a couple months ago:

      It is a bit of a task, but my husband and I have partnered in many things–including being a power-team in any class that we took together during our time in college. We have a history of working incredibly well together. That being said, it is still a different beast writing a book together.

      To begin, we took about three weeks to finish our outline. We wanted a clear direction for our story before we even began writing the first chapter. Over the course of completing the outline, our story morphed and changed a lot to the point that we were both incredibly happy with it and it looked little like what we had originally envisioned. After we hammered out the outline, we first began writing the prologue and chapters using the same technique–literally sitting next to each other and hashing it out word by word. We soon found that it didn’t work as well. So what we do now and what seems to work well for us is that one of us will write about 100-1000 words worth of story. The other will look it over, add in details, and polish it up. Then together, we look over that section. If we’re happy, one of us will continue writing the next section and the cycle begins again.

      We don’t necessarily take turns writing sections either. The way that we are writing meshes both of our writing styles together to make it less choppy and much more of a homogenization of both of our voices. I’m better at hammering out the story and keeping it moving, he’s better at making it pretty and keeping it consistent.

      It’s been an incredibly journey so far, and we look forward to continuing the story and seeing it through to the end.

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