Seriously, that boy… what am I going to do about him? He’s always coming up with new writing games to play and I just can’t seem to say no.
This time though it’s a little different. It’s not designed to make me write a certain number of words a day, or beat his word count with mine, or any other variation. This time we’re…well, we’re kind of writing together.
Tama proposed that we get a couple of our characters into the same diner and see what happened. Dixon meets Delaney. Characters from different settings, different worlds, different peoples brains, sitting down for a coffee (which, strangely, they both seem to take black with no sugar!)
As soon as he mentioned it Delaney cropped up, she was interested. No, not just interested, eager. She’s been waiting patiently for me to figure out the right format for her, the right story, and here is Tama offering her some time out of the box.
How could I say no?
So we’re writing in turns, via google docs, the first time I’ve shared a document that way actually! Tama set the scene with a character we’ll share use of (Sam, the diner owner), and at this point both Delaney and Dixon have entered the diner though they aren’t yet seated at the same booth.
I don’t know whats going to happen! But I know this – never before have I had one of my characters interacting with another persons character in this way. I have no idea who Dixon is, what he might say or do, I have no control over half of what will be written. And I like it. It’s exciting. I can’t wait to see how Delaney handles herself. It’s the first time I’ll have written her into a scene and I feel like it’s an excellent way to get to know her better.