Act it out loud!
You’re gutsy women inviting me to blog with you here on Plotting Princesses…
because you all know I’m a notorious Pantser. Perhaps I can play the villain of the group. Heh, heh, heh, picture me twirling my moustache (which won’t go away despite getting lasered.)
Originally, I’d intended to tell you about my fun Tween fantasy: IF WISHES WERE KISSES, which was scheduled to be released soon from www.InkLionBooks.com, but my agent recently pulled the book and is considering it for traditional publishing possibilities. We will see what happens. She is a marvelous agent, so I bow to her judgment on the matter.
Plotting by Committee
Plotting by Committee
I collaborated with another author on IF WISHES WERE KISSES, mystery writer, Andrea Sisco. Imagine if you will, two Pantsers trying to write a book together. Yikes! It was a challenging process. Fortunately, Andrea Sisco and I have been friends for a very long time. Even more remarkably, we stayed friends through the collaborative process.
We began the writing process by getting together in her hotel room for a brainstorming session and had a truly fun-filled, wild, crazy, brainstorming day. It was sooo much fun. I love brainstorming.
You should’ve seen my skinny friend acting out the part of an elephant walking down a fashion show runway. Hilarious, even though it didn’t make it into the book. The minute I would say, “Well, maybe needs this to be different.” Andrea would say, “Okay, how about this…” And off she’d go acting out a whole new scenario. Did I mention Andrea’s worked as an actress? Yep.
Play with Purpose - Remember when you were a kid acting out stories. Maybe you and your friends played with Barbie’s. Or maybe you ran around outside playing cops and robbers with your brothers. You were acting out stories, figuring out interesting scenarios. Andrea brought back all the fun of that to me.
Here’s your nugget for the day. Act it out loud.
Too often we sit at our keyboards in a foggy haze of our own imagining, a soap bubble world that needs tested with the pinprick of reality. Things that seem right on the screen may be complete hog-swill in real life. Get up move around. Act out your scene. Discover first hand what feels real and what feels like cornflakes.
Thank you for inviting me to blog with you.