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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Writers Bootcamp

I am SO looking forward to this weekend. I'm loading all my writing gear into the Batmobile and venturing out to Scranton, Pennsylvania for what I am dubbing "Writer's Bootcamp." The idea developed after last summer at a convention in Denver, where I met another fantasy writer named Christopher Hopper.*(See Below) We made an instant connection of fellowship and have kept in touch since then. We made some plans to meet halfway between his hometown and mine to hang out for a weekend and write. He's working on his 3rd book and I'll be working on the outline for a new epic fantasy series.

What we are hoping to achieve is kind of what Tolkien and Lewis had with the Inklings group that met at the Eagle and Child pub in Oxford. (Mannnn...how'd you like to have been a fly on the wall at those meetings?) Those two giants of fantasy and their writer friends would get together at this pub and discuss story ideas (among other things) over a pint. Not that Christopher and I are anywhere near Tolkien and Lewis' league--ha! Hardly.

But still, I cannot wait to just sit down and CREATE--you know that mad scientist phase at the beginning of a book?! That is probably my favorite part of the process: just conjuring cool stuff. And to have someone else there who shares my love of fantasy, someone who can say, Wayne that rocks, or Wayne, that's stupid, or Wayne, what if Sir Lunchalot did this instead? Can you tell I'm stoked?

So, say a prayer that the snowstorm that is predicted will be blown off the coast. I really need this weekend.

I leave you with a question: I already mentioned that my favorite part of the writing process is the concepting stage. What is your favorite part of the process? Why?



*More about Christopher Hopper and his Fantasy titles.

If you don't know his work, I highly recommend it. His first book is Rise of the Dibor is terrific stuff, and what an original hook: what if Adam and Eve had never sinned…how might evil have entered the world, and would we be able to resist? His second book, The Lion of Vrie is due out this June.

Amazing world-building, great sense of God alive in the prose, entertaining plot. What's not to like?


12 comments:

Josh said...

well i have to say i am only 16 and don't have much experience in writing. I have thought about writing a fantasy short story. I just started it last week and I would say my favorite part of writing a book is also the conception stage. I like it be cause it give me a chance to be creative and use my imagination. ^_^ Although I think I am a better artist than author. lol

everlastingscribe said...

Sounds a little like C.S. Lewis' Science fiction trilogy-Out of the Silent Planet I think is the first one where the main character goes to Venus and find an Adam and Eve that have never failed God by disobeying. I'll see if I can pull some into the book store and see how they sell. Might be an idea (sometime) to have the two of you do a signing together.

everlastingscribe said...

And hey Josh, I think that you draw well then you likely write well too. I do both, and Mr. Batson here also sloshes about creating in other arts beside writing. So, do what you love, with all of your heart. We need every last storyteller that is out there. There are not enough books to read or drawings to marvel at!

WayneThomasBatson said...

So funny you should mention the signing idea, Scribe. Let's just say, there is a plan afoot for something quite…revolutionary. ;-)

Valerie Comer said...

Heh, I'd have to say I like that first rush of ideas best, too. At that stage, my new story is absolutely perfect, the most riveting tale ever told (or to be told!). The rest of the process is simply trying to get it there, and I'm not even close...sigh. Can you tell I'm in the midst of revisions these days?

Amy said...

I do enjoy the immediate satisfaction of that "rush" of ideas. However, my very favorite part is when I can take all of my scribblings and start to organize them into a somewhat coherent series of ideas. When I realize that not only do I have something that is full of lots of little strokes of genius, but all these may actually become one big tangible story.
I also adore the times when my story changes the direction I intended it to go. Unexpected surprises often times make the experience rich and fun.

everlastingscribe said...

As long as the revolution comes without pitch fork, torches, and angry townspeople I am all for it. Oh, and let's not be slip-shod about it either please? Time to really show what writers who just happen to be Christian can do.

WayneThomasBatson said...

Aye, M'lady! Top shelf only!

WayneThomasBatson said...

Valerie, I can SO relate to the revision stage. It's work, plain and simple. Lots of work.

And Amy, I have a snoopy poster in my classroom that says, "It's exciting when you've written something, and you know that it's good." LOL Not that it's a conceit thing. It's just recognzing a cool moment in the story. That it fun.

everlastingscribe said...

I will be tucking you Mr. Batson and Mr. Hopper in my prayers this weekend that iron will sharpen iron and you both be encouraged as well as encouragement to each other. ;) You know you are holding the line for the rest of us. Not to worry though, the those of us in the rear are on the way to the front.

WayneThomasBatson said...

Interesting way of putting it, Scribe. I should like to see something of yours at the front someday. If I can ever help, you know where to find me. lol

Amy said...

I'll have to get one of those Snoopy posters! It is great to know you've written something good and it's also great to know you're just on the verge of it all coming together.