Normally, I would talk about my own fiction, but for this My Fiction Friday I’m going to talk about my work with K. Leigh, Magdalyn Ann, Jen Dulo, Kevin Carneglia, and Cymantha Adkins on Round Robin Writes. First let me say that writing in collaboration is both exhilarating and harrowing. It is so much fun to build a world and further someone else’s creation but as the creator — well — it is certainly a learning experience when stories don’t run the way you thought them up in your head.
The largest problem the Robins have had to face has been Life. Cymantha and Kevin are no longer in school, but Jen is finishing her second BA (she has one in Writing Arts and is finishing English), Katy and Maggie are in their last semesters, and I am pursuing my MA in Writing. We also all work and have other responsibilities which constantly get in the way. But we have learned to work around it all.
For example, when we first started Round Robin Writes, we tried to have a lot of content. Weekly, lengthy content I might add. Main Character Monday, Writing Tip Tuesday (now Writing Prompt Tuesday), Wordle Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, and My Fiction Friday were all supposed to be weekly events. We soon realized that was way too much to handle and we spread the pieces across the month. After that we saw that some events were more popular than others. Wordle Wednesdays was the first to go, then Main Character Monday and Throwback Thursday, until we were just left with Writing Tip Tuesday, My Fiction Friday, and the story.
Well, between stories I really wanted to keep up weekly content–but we don’t have enough published to do that with My Fiction Friday and only I really felt comfortable writing weekly writing tips. So, we started Writing Prompt Tuesdays (just in time for NaNoWriMo).
It’s been a huge learning experience for all of us, not only in writing but in technology and social media as well. Viewers don’t mind weekly content but they do mind daily content. We lost some followers early on by having all that content. It was akin to spam, really.
The whole project is really fun. It’s great to push all of us in our writing and make us write outside of our comfort zones. For example, Yanallie’s Destiny, which premiere’s this Saturday, November 1, 2014, is science fiction. I don’t normally write science fiction and it has been really fun to see what I can come up with in a genre that I’m not necessarily comfortable writing in.
It’s really been a wonderful creative outlet for all us and I can’t wait to see what other writers come up with.