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The latest book endeavor by the Rogues Gallery Writers

Filming of the Rogues Mockumentary

This coming Tuesday the Rogues Gallery Writers will convene for rehearsal for their upcoming mockumentary “Behind the Prose”. Filming will begin Sunday, May 22, 2011. The mockumentary will feature the Rogues and their upcoming book project The Method Writers.

Once filming is complete, the video will be placed on Kickstarter.com. Kickstarter is a funding site for creative projects. Benevolent folk drop by and pledge money toward the various creative projects listed on the site. Once funding is accomplished, the money gets dispersed and voi la! Funding! Yippee!!

Part of the book project will be a set of trading cards depicting characters in the book. One side of the card will be the character’s pic while the other side will have some character info. Another aspect of the project will be a deck of playing cards featuring the character pics. Also on the docket are calendars, mugs t-shirts and hats.

Once the film is on Kickstarter, the Rogues would greatly appreciate your pledge. We will have 30 days in which to meet our pledge goals or go back to the drawing board. Please consider helping us complete this project with proper funding. Stay tuned. We should be going live with the fundraiser in June!

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Crazed Writers Meet Again!

Yes, the Rogues continue to blur the line between fiction and reality. We are currently embroiled in a novel that requires the four of us to write four characters of a writer’s group called the Rogues Gallery Writers. Our characters have characters they happen to be writing about. In order to get to know the challenges their (the unreal Rogues) characters face, the Rogues (unreal ones again) pull a page from the ‘method acting’ notebook and become ‘method writers’.

If that is not confusing enough, we Rogues (the real ones now) have tuned into our characters (the unreal Rogues) and their names. Things have become so confusing that we attempt to send emails to our fellow Rogues with the ‘unreal’ Rogues’ names rather than our actual names. Then it takes us a few minutes to figure out why the email address doesn’t automatically pop up.

Yes, writerdom can be a strange place. What will really get strange is if we set up actual email addresses for our ‘unreal’ Rogue characters and possibly even THEIR characters. The ‘real’ Rogues meet tonight, as we do every Tuesday evening. As our plot thickens, we steam ever closer to that magic moment of a completed first draft. My best estimate is that we will possess a true first draft manuscript by late May early June.

For those of you who follow our work, this should be great news. For those of you not yet following our trek to artistic infamy, you can check out a number of our works. As a group, the Rogues have produced the books Writing is Easy and More Writing is Easy. Both books are collections of short stories penned by the Rogues. I highly recommend More Writing is Easy as an introduction to Roguery. The Kindle price tag of $2.99 is highly attractive. You may even purchase a PDF copy of the book through the ClearView Press Bookstore for $1.99.

Until we meet again…

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2011 in The Method Writers

 

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Insane Writers – Great Stories

A short post on the comings and goings of the Rogues Gallery Writers. We meet nearly every Tuesday evening. We go over the plot lines of our book – The Method Writers which is shaping up nicely. Each of us is writing a character who is a member of a writers group and is writing a book.

The twist of this book is that the characters decide to try something they dub ‘method writing’ after the similar occurrence in acting labeled ‘method acting’. The characters decide to pursue some aspect of the book they’re writing by physically experiencing whatever it is they want THEIR characters to experience. One of the writers is incorporating a bank robbery into her story so she plans out and executes a bank robbery. Another character is writing about a character that gets involved in the sex scene, so that writer dives into the world of sex.

The fun of this book is that our characters interact with each other and we must make sure we’re all on the same page. The book is being written with a lot of dark humor which should make it fun for the reader as well as getting the reader to invest in the characters. We are working at making this a big deal. We’ve planned to film a ‘Mockumentary’ about the project, again with loads of dark humor. We also are planning to come up with playing cards, trading cards, calendars, mugs, t-shirts and other promotional material. Keep checking out our companion blog, www.themethodwriters.wordpress.com for quotes from the upcoming book, some of the character pics and other book related tidbits.

Also check out our book, More Writing is Easy on Kindle or order a physical copy through the bookstore at ClearView Press.

 

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Work in Progress…The Method Writers

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.

 

 

 

 

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The Method Writers

The Method Writers
The Method Writers

In the course of any project, key times and situations arise that define their outcome. Each step builds on the last and each new element gets added to the collective momentum, for good or ill, until eventually the final product is born. The Rogues Gallery Writers progressively graduate toward our goal of a phenomenal novel every day.

This week we gathered and created our ‘War Board’ – a 4’x8′ white board time-lining our characters scenes in the book. Coordination such as this is vital in order to pull off such an ambitious book. We’re just about settled into location as well as time frame and number/length of chapters. One of the critical questions to be answered soon is 1st person present tense vs 1st person past tense.

The overall structure of the book is coming along nicely. We have a decent skeleton at this very moment. Once we fine-tune the next few items, our skeleton should be strong and ready to take on more definition. One of the blessings of working with professional writers on a project like this is the knowledge in the room each time we meet. We have enough expertise and talent to make this project soar.

The creativity. The individual writer’s excitement. The experience of immersion in a think-tank situation. All this and more make this project probably one of the most memorable undertakings in which this Rogue has ever participated. Check out the new promo ad at the top right of this blog.

The Method Writers are coming your way. Beware!

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2011 in The Method Writers