I’m sure by now most of you have heard me tease about the Rogues Gallery Writers’ new project, The Method Writers. But now I’m going to take a few minutes to tell you how it came to be and what it’s about:
Last October, The Rogues Gallery Writers released our first publication, and short story collection titled, Writing is Easy. For more information on that project as well as the Rogues, check out an earlier post of mine: http://jeffswesky.wordpress.com/2010/07/21/introducing-the-rogues-gallery-writers/.
So when we got together the end of last year to discuss our new project, our fearless leader, Michael Ray King, envisioned us taking it up a notch and going in a different direction for our follow-up collaboration. This time we were going to do a group novel! All the Rogues were excited and instantly on board. Our next meeting was to brainstorm ideas for the group novel, and you can get an idea of how The Method Writers was collectively born from the inaugural post on The Method Writers‘ blog: http://themethodwriters.wordpress.com/2011/02/08/introductions-are-in-order/.
Dictionary.com defines method acting as “a dramatic technique in which actors identify as closely as possible with the character played by correlating experiences from their personal lives to the character.” The Rogues come up with the concept for a novel where a group of writers apply the method acting technique towards researching the characters and subject matters they plan to write about.
Each of the Rogues have created their own 1st person character for this concept, so each of the four characters in this novel will not only have a distinct and unique journey, but a their own voice as well. And these writers are already working on some juicy projects: a bank heist novel, escort service industry expose’, vigilante revenge novel, and an erotic thriller. You can probably already imagine some of the bizarre situations that their “method” research gets them into. But since these four writers are friends and in a writers group of their own, their stories intermesh and they become caught up in each other’s capers.
The Rogues recently finished the first draft of The Method Writers, and are currently having it reviewed by their “first readers.” Starting the beginning of September, we’ll be in full-on editing mode with the goal of having a completed, published novel by October of this year! Be on the lookout for future posts and teaser videos both here and on www.TheMethodWriters.com. The latter will also be introducing both author and character biographies as well as some other fun, cool content. So please subscribe to these blogs to make sure you don’t miss out on the latest and greatest!