So I signed up for a Kickstarter (something I never do by the way) for a program called Fiction Unboxed and if you’re a writer or you’re just curious about how writers do their jobs or you’re one of those assholes who say “I could totally write a book if I wanted to I just have too busy of a life”—let’s hope you’re really not one of those assholes—then you should consider signing up too.
What is Fiction Unboxed?
Fiction Unboxed is this really cool program being ran by two great authors from Austin Texas – Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt. If you sign up and contribute what you get to do is watch these two guys write a novel from the ground floor up. Depending on your level of contribution depends on how much you see and how much you get out of it. At the level I donated at I get to watch these two authors go through their process (which is probably much different from my process) and see how they make their magic happen.
Why do I want to do that? Because no one, NO ONE, except maybe J.K. Rowling and Nora Roberts is an absolute Jedi Master Yoda when it comes to writing. There are still tricks and techniques that we can learn—and teach—to each other as writers. Seeing how someone else does their process and does their work will help me evaluate what they’re doing, compare it to what I’m doing and then see how their process can help me make mine better. And what comes from an improved process? Better stories.
How I explained Fiction Unboxed to my husband (who is not a writer): It’s like I’m Volkswagen and Toyota just invited my engineering and design team in to see how they make cars. When my time at Toyota is over am I going to stop making Volkswagens and start making Toyotas? No, but what I’m hoping is that I can learn about how they move their Prius down the line so that the next time I’m designing and building a new Beetle I can take what I’ve learned from them and use what applies in my work to build a better Beetle.
Which FYI—if that would have happened I guarantee you that the new Beetles would still look like Beetles and not some sort of toaster with a Cougar complex.
Anyway, Fiction Unboxed—it’s a cool program for authors and nonauthors to check out how one duo puts out a lot (and I do mean a lot) of fun stuff every year. If you want to learn more and possibly get in on the fun here is an article about it from the Austin Business Journal and the website for Fiction Unboxed as well as their publishing company Realm and Sands.: