I’ve been kicking around the idea of writing a new novel here on the blog with you guys.
You and me, together, write a book, post each chapter here as we go, and publish it when we’re finished.
- WE decide a topic,
- WE write an outline,
- WE decide the story as it goes along,
- WE write it together,
- WE… well, you get the idea.
HOW would that work?
I’m not 100% sure. Today you can comment about what topic or genre the story should follow. Just post below and let’s see what we come up with. You guys are smart. What do you like? What do you read? What have you always wanted to try to write? Do it here, with me! If we need to learn something, we’ll learn together!
I’m thinking we should follow the most popular genres, because they have the biggest followings, which means that’s what most readers read. As writers, you’re readers, so… wait, let me reread that… yeah. Let’s write what readers want to read and what we want to write. In general, that ought to be whatever’s most popular, but I could be wrong. In either case, we’ll decide by comments and do what makes the most sense.
ALL great stories encompass elements of all genres. So it can be a romance AND a western. It can be YA and mystery. It can be a lot of things.
How will it evolve? Well, first we pick a genre, then in a few days when everybody’s commented, we’ll start assembling a main outline. Once we start writing, YOU will have input on where the story goes. Each of you can review it, tweak it, add or subtract, and then we move on.
See how the draft gets rewritten and changed, how we come up with plot twists, how we create snappy dialog and love scenes and action scenes and…
I don’t know; this could be a train wreck.
But it could be a lot of fun, and we would write the first draft in four months, like Stephen King says we should. Each chapter would be here, so even if you don’t write any of it (we all get busy) you’ll see it evolve. Then when it’s finished, you’ll be able to see the completed work on Amazon – and if you contribute, YOUR NAME will be in the book as one of the contributors!
That sounds fun, doesn’t it?
Let’s get started. What are the most popular genres? What stories sound fun? What should we write together?
Comment below, future co-author!
Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the amazingly great sci fi action thriller “The Navigators.” Click HERE to get your copy of The Navigators – FREE on Kindle Unlimited!