My eldest son just got a really neat invitation to be part of a group of writers creating a children's book for an international charity. It's an incredible opportunity - and a challenge.
Why a challenge? Well, there are 60 writers and each one gets to do one page. Okay, nothing odd or difficult about that. The story is being written round robin style - again, nothing really unusual about that.
But now is when it starts getting interesting. The writers are being divided into two groups - those who will write the front half of the book and those who will write the second half of the book. Those writing the front half will start at the beginning and work toward the middle. Those writing the second half will start at the end and work backward toward the middle. A little more difficult. The wrench is, no one author will know the entire book. Each author will get to see only the page directly in front of (for the beginning half) or directly following (for those in the second half) his or her own page.
An interesting challenge. I don't know if I'd want to do this - but at the same time, I'm intrigued enough by the concept that I'd like to see what I could do with it. I can't wait to see how this all turns out.
My progress: Busy day yesterday - only four new pages.
Birthdays: Octavio Paz, Leo Buscaglia, Judith Rossner, Marge Piercy
Tips and Teasers: Finish this scene using: snow, game, cell phone, timer: Mama, forgive me…
Thought for the day: "The first and most important part of writing fiction is just to think about the story." – Terry Brooks