Thursday, June 11, 2009

Day 187 - From the Desk of... DCS!

I thought long and hard about what to write for this, and I decided I’ve got to talk about the book. I babble on about a lot of things on my blog related to some of the important concepts I’ve interlaced into the Synarchy story but I’m going to take this opportunity and share a secret behind Synarchy that makes me love it so much.

I consider myself really lucky that I’m surrounded by so many creative people and really gifted writers. Some of the characters in Synarchy are not my orginal creations but based off of characters that I roleplay with. When I say roleplay, I mean text based, open ended, whatever your creative heart desires acting online, so to speak. Some of your blog readers may be familiar with it, it’s been pretty popular for a while. I like to think of myself as an old school roleplayer, and I run a game loosely based off the novel, you can find links to that on my website. I think being a roleplayer has improved my writing and really kept my creative juices flowing. I’m always writing something, everyday and that’s an awesome feeling, especially since I’m not always alone. Writing can be a very solitary endeavor, but when you can get with other great writers and create something together it’s almost magical.

There are about five or six snippets in the book that are brief collaborations with another author. They get their appropriate shout outs in the beginning of the book and it’s all done with their permission. I could have written the book without including their creations, I’m so schizophrenic it’s not even funny, but then the Terenzio family just wouldn’t be the same. This makes it better I think and it adds this really awesome dynamic because some of the history behind these characters we really experienced. A lot of it was not planned, it just kind of happened randomly, and when I decided to write Synarchy it was great that I could take pieces of that and interlace it into the book. I feel like the story is more alive because of it.

It also gives me room for some pretty fun contests in the future, like having readers guess which scenes are the ones that are roleplayed and how much history I tweaked for the novel versus what is actually “true”. Anywho, I’m glad to have been given the opportunity to share that and stop by your blog, Mishel! Much thanks and I hope your readers enjoy reading Synarchy as much as I did writing it.


A big thank you to DCS for stopping by and hanging out for the last three days and talking about the book. Make sure to check out my review && go out and get yourself a copy of this book! You won't regret it =)


Kate said...

Great post!
You have some blog awards:

DCS said...

My pleasure Mishel. And thanks again for having me, it was a lot of fun! :D

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