We got to talking the other day about the things that inspire us when we’re just beginning a story. We were surprised to find that the way we approach a beginning is quite different. For Wyatt, it’s almost always a scene–some image or situation that piques his interest. For Walt, it’s usually a line–some word or phrase, either spoken by a potential character or not, that makes him want to find out more. The interesting thing about this, at least when we’re writing collaboratively, is that we often start with a similar genesis, but our first drafts are usually wildly different from one another. We think this is due in no small part to the way we’re first brought into a story. For example, Wyatt’s first few paragraphs are typically descriptive, while Walt’s tend to begin with the word or phrase and move, from there, directly into the action. Sometimes, the descriptive intro works best; other times, it feels more appropriate to delve straight into the action. Most of our time writing is really reading one another’s work, trying to decide how to meld/mold them into a better whole. Sometimes we wind up mashing the two together, either writing descriptively about the word or phrase, or setting the image in one of our character’s dialogue.
We’re curious to know, from other writers, which side of the coin you fall on–if you fall on either side at all. We’re also always on the lookout for things that inspire people in general, whether it’s in work, or a hobby–really anything. Please let us know in the comments below. As always, we sincerely thank you for reading.
W & W Sawday