In which Tama seduces Cassie with another fun idea

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.


15 thoughts on “In which Tama seduces Cassie with another fun idea”

  1. This sounds so interesting and a great way to experiment with writing and with a character you don’t know quite what to do with yet. I’m sure you’ll keep sharing how it goes.

  2. That’s so weird! My wife and I did the exact same thing a few months back! I took the main character from one of my novels and she took one from her story, and we had them sit down for coffee at a Waffle House! Yeah. We’re twins. Scary.

    1. Um. That is scary… but on the other hand, it’s nice to know that other people are doing this too!

      How did it all pan out? Did the characters get along? Would be interested to hear how it turned out.

  3. Actually, my character managed to kill hers and destroy the waffle house…as well as most of the city block. It was fun, however. The conversation was riddled with philosophical musings before the…eh… incident.

    Yeah, you kind of freaked me out with that post, LOL!

    1. Sorry ๐Ÿ™‚ no freak outs were intended in the writing of this post.

      Ah, you killed her character, and destroyed a city block… not sure I want to meet this character of yours ๐Ÿ˜›

  4. I love doing collaborative writing exercises. However, the only other times that I have tried writing with someone else, it was through email, so it was a little bit more difficult to do than what google docs would allow.

    1. Google docs is excellent for this kind of thing, specially if you’re online at the same time, we were going back and forth last night for awhile and it was excellent fun ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks for commenting!

  5. I’ve tried this sort of thing before, a kind of character role-play, intended to help a writer better understand their characters and help them flesh out the little details of personality.

    Let me be the first odd-man-out to say that I didn’t care for it at all. Sure, it was fun, but it didn’t really help me accomplish anything substantial character-wise. Maybe, that is because I feel I know my characters well enough already… or maybe it is because I’m a grump and see these kinds of activities as time-vacuums that serve as a “fake” writing outlet when we don’t want to be actually writing.

    Either way… bah… who needs it?

    *stomps off grumbling old-bitter-man stuff under his breath*

    P.S. I mean that in all the good and kind ways BTW ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Lol! you crack me up ๐Ÿ™‚

      I don’t know enough about this character, so its a good way to develop her and I’ve already found out some things I didn’t know, and been able to work out a little more of her plot which is fantastic. Tama has also discovered some things he didn’t know so it’s working well for both of us!

      As an aside, it’s an extra, not my main writing, but it’s certainly keeping me entertained on the side!

  6. Oh, thatโ€™s fun! A couple of my siblings and I have done this several times; we call it the three-headed writer. Not only do each one of us not know what will happen next (like you said), but if someone gets stumped, we just hand our turn over to whoever is next. It cures writerโ€™s block to have three heads. Weโ€™ve done pre-existing characters from each of our stories and made up new ones just for exercise. Though weโ€™ve never just had them sit down for lunch . . . the last one was an apocalypse.

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