Our Glitterbug Chat stories app was released a few days ago with the first three stories. This week we are writing to create some new stories. It has been a creative week so far full of planning, thinking, writing and dreaming.
Our process is like this. Myself and my writing partner Elaine write our stories using whats app. We decide and plan an overall starting point and a general idea of what might happen. I use the word might here because, at that stage, it is all open to change.
We start writing the story together as a blast of texts, from start to end. The process takes us between an hour and three hours depending on the story. We sometimes write frantically fast because we are so caught up in the events of the tale.
We improvise the entire story based on a general outline of characters, genre and the initial setting. What we end up with is raw story in its purest form.
Colin is our editor. We write. He reviews. That is our process. Colin takes our raw story and goes through it, first correcting grammar, spellings and any other mistakes, next testing in on the Glitterbug Chat stories app, next reading through the content to ensure that it makes logical sense and that nothing is assumed or mistaken.
We then do a final review of the writing to ensure that we like the plot, the conflict levels, the characterization and the wording.
Finally we translate our story to another 9 languages and we release it with a chosen image.
Having three people write the stories really helps us to collaborate, co-create and produce a quality story. Co-writing with my friend Elaine is a bonding experience and we both find that it spurs us on to be more daring, innovative and also more focused in our story telling. Having a great editor like Colin really aids the process as he has an eye for grammatical errors, typos and any missing or unresolved logic.
Glitterbug Chat Stories is totally improvised and we love the improvisation journey. I took part in several improvisation courses while I lived in Melbourne and this taught me a lot about the power (and fear!) of unleashing your spontaneous self.
I hope that our readers enjoy our stories. Remember that you can download Glitterbug Chat Stories on Google play and that this app is totally free to use with no in app purchases.