The Rogues Gallery Writers continue on our trek to produce the Great American Novel. When four writers mesh like this and write together as a team, amazing results pop up like popcorn ideas in the pan of imagination. I personally begin to understand how groups reach the top, the national and international recognition, through enjoyable labor that breeds creativity.
When we meet, which is generally once a week, the fog of daily doldrums dissipate at the snap of ideas careening off the tongues of my fellow writers. Creative endeavors by a group of writers well-meshed in personalities opens up horizons none of us could reach on our own. The sum becomes truly greater than the parts. Connection on this level brings me to realize how rare, special and energizing a cohesive writers group can become.
Our book, The Method Writers, will be a read well worth the time spent by the reader. This statement should not be considered cocky, simply a statement of fact. When you work on something special, you know it. You want the world to know it. In this day and age, run-of-the-mill writing dominates the publishing world. Great work gets overlooked because the sheer volume of mediocre shields it from the world’s eyes.
For that reason, writers who produce something of higher value must let the world know. While most of us (writers) write because something inside us requires it, we also possess a strong desire for readers to appreciate our work. The same can be said of any creative endeavor. Musicians want their work to be enjoyed as to painters, sculptors, sketch artists, etc. Many people appear to overlook the fact that this dynamic holds true for writers as well.
This book will see the light of day in 2011. In fact, our first draft should be completed in June. The story line? Four writers have formed a group called the “Rogues Gallery Writers“, (hmmm) and decide individually to do the author equivalent of what DeNiro did before the filming of Taxi Driver. DeNiro drove a cab in New York as a ‘method acting’ way of getting into character.
These four writers decide to get into their characters by actually doing something in real life their character will do in each book they are writing. One robs a bank, another kidnaps an abusive neighbor to teach him a lesson about how the man beats his girlfriend. Another gets caught up in the lurid sex scene while another infiltrates a high end escort service.
All four writers run into their fair share of difficulties as well as a good number of Keystone Cop bungles. The humor will be dark, but not black. The drama will be real, but not overbearing. The characters will be strong with their own distinct voice as the REAL Rogues Gallery Writers each write one of the characters in the book.
Sorting this all out, with the interplay between the writer characters and the writer’s characters with subplots running amuck and tying everything up neatly at the end is a challenge we (the real Rogues Gallery Writers) take on with gusto. The ‘book’ Rogues show an amazing resemblance to the real Rogues. Hmm. I wonder how that happened! 🙂
I’ve not heard of any four-writer collaborations other than collections of short stories. I’m positive this has happened in this world, possibly many times, but the situation is new to me and the rest of the Rogues. When all is said and written, we will have accomplished something each of us will look back on as a special and important segment of our lives. Whether we gain a national or international audience, which, make no mistake, we will shoot for it, or not, our time spent on this project will bring smiles the rest of our days.