I’m considering writing a book. I’ve got a method in mind for writing it that I think will be effective. Especially since I’m not an expert on the subject. Yet.
So the method is this. Pick a vague subject and begin writing on it. It doesn’t have to be good writing, but it is important that you’re putting ideas down. It’s also important not to edit, not to stop yourself from writing anything, even if you think it’s going nowhere or sounds terrible. Because this isn’t going to be what you publish. So you get down a few hundred pages of ideas, with no order and no editing. A rambling mess.
After a while of writing, you get a foundation of ideas that you can use to write your book. You sort through this amorphous blob of information and find similarities which can come together to form sections in the book. So this first stage of editing involves drawing together subjects into, maybe, chapter ideas.
Again, you develop further, improving text and writing new pieces. And you keep going, organising and improving and re-writing. You’ll always have a book ready, but the quality of that book keeps improving. While this is going on, you’ll also be learning about the subject, so you get a book that increases in sophistication as you do.
It’s gonna be a book of techniques and ideas for role-players. There’s a guy called Keith Johnstone who writes books for improvisational theatre actors, and it’s probably going to take a similar form.
So, it’s going to include ideas and games and suchlike to help someone become a better role-player. We get a lot of stick at times, and mainly because we deserve it. This is an attempt to treat the subject with a bit of rigor, hopefully help people raise their standards, and bring the activity a bit more respect. It’ll probably have things in common with books on acting, storytelling, fiction writing, stagecraft, psychology, and lots of other things. It’ll probably be the first full synthesis of the ideas, though.
I have a feeling I’m going to have to self-publish if I want anything to happen, but places like Travelling Man in york, and other comic/role-playing/SF&F shops around the country would probably stock it, too.
It’s a largely personal effort, really, though. If it comes to it, I’ll print and bind two copies and send one to the british library. At least that’s my first book in print.