A blog post where I am starting to really think about the problems our characters will face.
Jason Foux and I will attempt to write a story together. Can we do it? Who in the heck knows. I've never done a collaboration with another person in which we would share the writing responsibilities. I've asked him if he has but since I asked in a set of questions I'm not expecting for a few more weeks, I don't yet have an answer.
However, I am getting excited by the prospect of the story. Or, I was until today. Today I actually started thinking about the two characters. Both are ex-law enforcement. Both have lived in roughly the same geographic region for some time, even if one was born a Yankee. Both have what you might call a talent for the supernatural.
MacKenzie is a very personable, likeable guy. He gets along in the world fairly well and seems to have good friends and family. The only problem? He is kinda, sorta trying to bring back the Old Ones and possibly the downfall of humanity. OTHER THAN THAT, he's a great guy, right? ...right?
Mills, whom you will meet starting on Monday, is a bit of the opposite. He's, well, let's face it, an alcoholic. He has problems. He doesn't really seem to like people (with good reason) and people don't seem to like him. However, he actually does good. He helps, even if it seems like he'd rather be left alone.
So now I'm faced with the realities of the situation. CAN they work together? What cause could they both get behind? Would Mills consent to work with Mac if he knew the whole story? Mac really only seems to work when he can further his cause, so why would he approach Mills in the first place?
The good news is I'm not in this alone. I can and will call upon Jason's immense writing talents to work this out with me. If all goes well, what will actually happen is I will come up with what Mac does and says and Jason will work from Mills' perspective. Sort of like role-playing. (Relationships are supposed to be made stronger by those in therapy or something.)
I have a feeling the next few conversations Jason and I have will be taken up wholly by this topic as my writing fingers are itching to go!