Saturday, May 1, 2010
Can you tell someone else's story?
We all love to write fiction. Well, at least that's what S.W., Marta, Kim and I do here at MB4. It's gratifying, it can be spontaneous, and it whisks us away to worlds we can actually control. When our characters let us, that is. ;o) But there's immense satisfaction about having SOME control in life, even if it's over your own characters and their lives.
But how do you feel about writing someone else's story? Could you be a ghost writer? Could you do spec writing, following someone else's well defined plot and using their characters?
Some writers turn their noses up at the idea, offended that they would ever be asked to write something not of their mind. Until recently, I would have thought it was a horrible idea. Granted, I've written fourteen books and loved every second of it, and I feel somewhat sated. I have more books on the burner, plenty more, but for a change, I decided to try something new.
I actually enjoyed the process immensely, and for a while it was nice not to have to envision each scene and make sure it all fit. Instead, I just wrote the scenes. Because the story was damn good, it was fun. Hmm. I'm not sure what that means about me, but it was illuminating. And I stretched my wings a bit in a new direction as a writer, which isn't a bad thing.
As much as we jealously protect and horde our characters and stories, there can be a time in a writer's life when it's okay to step out of his/her comfort zone and try something new. ;o)
Let me know what you think of the idea? Have you ever written anyone else's story? How did it feel?
Regardless of your experiences, remember to take pleasure in the little things, and write like the wind!