posted on Apr, 3 2006 @ 06:29 PM
Collaborative Fiction Proposal
Whereas I applaud The Vagabond in their desire to create a collaborative work of fiction, I find the guidelines laid down in their proposal to be too
constrictive for me. Trying to get a group of writers to get a specific character to react more or less the same way to a specific situation seems to
me like trying to put more than one chef in the kitchen, and, in many ways, deletes the purpose of having multiple writers.
I’ve worked in a lot of kitchens. There’s one head chef who oversees everything. Another chef does sauces and nothing else. That chef over
there makes soups, and nothing else. This guy makes the bread, that dude makes the pastries. One person does the meats while another does the
vegetables, and so on.
Separately, it’s all pretty BLAH. Together, mmmm, together there’s Flavor. Together it’s a Satisfying Meal.
So my proposal is this: An Anthology. A collection of short stories that take place in a common time, in a common location. More extensive
guidelines can/will be created if people show an interest in this proposal.
The first order of business becomes a short survey.
1) Who would be interested in submitting short stories to an anthology?
2) What genre would those people be most interested working in? (Fantasy? Sci-fi? Romance? etc.)
3) Who would be interested in the loveless, thankless, brain numbing task of “Head Chef”?
Obviously those questions are just the tip of the iceberg, but it’s a start.
Again, I have neither intention nor desire to detract from The Vagabonds proposal. That type of collaborative writing is quite common and quite
profitable, it’s just not for me. If that style is not for you and yet you still wish to work with other people on a common project, then I
respectfully request that you consider my proposal and enter your comments and feedback here.
Thank you, and, as always,
[edit on 3-4-2006 by torbjon]