Isn’t it great to realize you’ve put off your mandatory TCWT post until the day before it’s scheduled… two months in a row? I’m so glad TCWT is back, and with it that wonderful feeling of horror. (EDIT: and I also left this a day late. I apologize.)
Anyway, the prompt this month is an interesting one: “If you could co-write a book with one author– living or not– who would it be and what would the book be about?”
When I was young(er), I often dreamed about coauthoring. Not because I liked the idea of writing a book with someone, but because, infallibly, the person with whom I chose to coauthor would be rich and famous and I would be a longtime fan. With this in mind, I fantasized about coauthoring Redwall novels with Brian Jacques, because let’s face it– his plots got a little formulaic near the end. He wrote beautifully, but I could come up with a better story than “Villain with bad teeth attacks the Abbey, but a small group of intrepid travelers escapes and brings back help at the last moment.”
But that was then. I know the prompt said living or dead, and I know Jacques could use some variety, but he didn’t leave anything unfinished when he died. He didn’t have an enormous plot going on someone else would have to wrap up for him. He wrote stand-alones, and he wrote them amazingly. I’m content to leave his work alone.
Nowadays, though, I have trouble with the concept of coauthoring anything. I don’t like it. I enjoy having total control. I enjoy figuring things out for myself– even when problems take a while to unravel. After my first few role-playing stories here and there, I dropped out completely. I prefer to write alone.
That being said, however, I have come dangerously close to fanfiction, even over the past few years. I would love to take over any ailing TV show and turn it into something awesome. Almost Human, which began last November on Fox, has an amazing world and so much potential, but the writers are still learning. Doctor Who is much the same way; I don’t know how a show 50 years old got saddled with a head writer who can’t successfully write anything but character deaths. I could take that show and make it so much better. But with both of those, I wouldn’t want to co-write with anyone– JJ Abrams is great, but he picks lousy writers; and I don’t even want to get started on Moffat. I could take those shows to new heights (after a few more years of learning, of course– I’m not that awesome already), but I wouldn’t want to co-write them.
And then, and this is the huge one, there’s Firefly. This show is a disappointment, but not because of the writing. The writing is spectacular, the characters are amazing, and the setting– it was all done so well. The disappointment is in its being canceled after a single season.
Yeah, I know, a lot of people whine about that. I’m rather late to the party. One person, however, posited that the writers had already gone over every story they had available to them in that one season; without anything else to write, the show died. I don’t believe that’s true. There’s so much exploration of the world still to do, and the characters were just getting started. A lot of shows that fail have potential, but this one seemed to succeed and still had further to go– and still died. Whoops.
So, I guess my big choice is I’d like to co-write Firefly, Season Two, with Joss Whedon, because he is an amazing writer. I know it’s unoriginal, but it would be awesome.
5th – http://thescribblingbook.wordpress.com/
6th – http://thelittleenginethatcouldnt.wordpress.com/
7th – http://miriamjoywrites.wordpress.com/
8th – http://www.oyeahwrite.wordpress.com/
9th – http://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com/
10th – [Andrea. No link for her yet.] … Hmm. Okay then.
11th – http://randomofalife.blogspot.com/
12th – http://www.lilyjenness.blogspot.com/
13th – http://maralaurey.wordpress.com/
14th – https://insideliamsbrain.wordpress.com/
15th – http://unikkelyfe.wordpress.com/
16th – http://www.brookeharrison.com/
17th – http://nasrielsfanfics.wordpress.com
18th – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ (We’ll be announcing the topic for next month’s chain.)