Following other authors that run in packs on Twitter (see Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman, Scott Westerfield, Libba Bray, Cassie Clare, Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan, etc.) gives one the opportunity to "overhear" certain things. I saw these tweets over the weekend:
I found this idea fascinating. I emailed my friend Victoria (who is as big of a fan girl about these authors as I am, yes, she is). The exchange:
Me: Workshopping novels. I'd like to do this. With people I trust.
Victoria: Like chapter by chapter? That would be fun. But I'd really have to trust.
Me: I wonder how it works?
So while I was in the shower (that's where all crazy thoughts surface, probably because it's the only time I'm ever alone) I decided I'd tweet Cassie and Holly and ask. Worth a shot, right?
And they answered. BOTH of them. BECAUSE THEY ARE AWESOME.
To which I wittily replied:
Don't judge me. I was a little giddy.
At that point Cassie weighed in:
So there you have it! Answers about how to workshop a novel, straight from two rock star authors! I emailed Victoria again to tell her to read the explanation.
Victoria: So helpful. If you could pick someone to be in a workshop group, who would you pick?
Me: Possibility or fantastical creature?
Victoria: Fantastical creature is always a possibility. Also, I nominate Hermione.
Me: ... sometimes I need to talk plot, play "what if" ... philosophize. I'm not sure that's a word. So I add Frasier Crane.
Victoria: We need someone with a level of awesome close to our own ... I nominate the cast of Princess Bride.
Me: I nominate Dr. Who numbers nine, ten, and eleven. I REALLY need help with the space time continuum.
Victoria: Neil. Neil Gaiman. We could save an honorary seat for him, just in case.
So, now I know how to workshop a novel, and so do you! Tell me, who would you invite to run in your pack of llamas?
Er ... writers?
(Llamas spit. Writers don't do that. Not if they're sober.)