So you want an inside peek into what happens when three fledgling writers get together to brainstorm?
We all crack open our laptops, pull up our books and start ... TO PANIC!!
Anne and Laurie had the first real looming deadlines. Both of them were preparing for a huge writing contest and their entries were due--now. Poor Laurie hadn't even started to write her synopsis. Picture reading an entire book then summarizing its entire context in one page. Yep. That's a contest synopsis.
So Anne popped open her laptop and we let Laurie talk it out. Take us through her book from chapter one to chapter end. It left us swooning. She read us the last two pages and then called for a waiter to mop Anne off the floor. I had already passed out--almost--literally. We realized Jaime had imbibed in too much coffee and not enough coffee.
Anne. She had the contest to prep for and her next book to flesh out. Her first draft is UH Mazing. Pure genius. But like all writers, she needed more direction, more depth, more bad things happening to good people to make this story pop. We plotted, planned, giggled, swooned some
more and determined that yes, worse things COULD happen to her heroine and make the story just THAT much more interesting. Not that she needed us. Anne is already well on her way toward writing her breakout debut novel. I just know it. And the way we carried a dreamy Laurie into the house after, promises that Anne writes a knock out hero. :)
We moved on to my deadline. I have a proposal due for an unwritten book which means plotting out an entire book so I can write a synopsis on a story that's yet to be told. After, Anne and Laurie performed CPR on me, I was able to catch a breath, wipe away the tears, and focus. They plotted, pressed, interrogated me. Who is your hero? What drives him? What's his biggest lie that he believes? Who is your heroine? Why is she this or that? Who is the villain? Who is the decoy villain? What's their darkest moment and what makes it even worse?
But we did it! After copious amounts of coffee, chocolate, giggles, and tears, Laurie and Anne nailed their contest deadlines and are officially entered! My synopsis is completed and I'm starting my book with the looming deadline of September for completion. (And trust me, September will come FAST!)
How do writers write alone? I have no clue! I couldn't do this without them. My sisters!
Who drives you forward in life?