A letter from the author
Oct. 6, 2016
Hello! My name is Jae and I am the proud Prometheus of Julie’s blog. Now this chapter of her life has come to an end (at least the documented part of it), I wanted to write about why I created her world and my thoughts on the process and progress of her relationship with Alex.
The idea of a dual-sided blog came to me one Sunday on my way home from church. I wanted to create a world in which a character just cannot get rid of a guy, and what’s worse, she cannot pin-point why she can’t stand him in the first place. I follow another blog which has two characters’ point of view, and really like the idea of allowing the reader to see both character’s journals. But where to find the guy?
Luckily for me, I know a fabulous writer who was willing to try something new and write with me. I started with a plot line which left a lot up to the imagination but kept things rolling in the right direction.
I’m going to be honest. I half-assed it. I wrote haphazardly and off the cuff. And Julie emerged as stiff and unfeeling. In the words of the author of Alex, “Julie is a dick.”
And I kind of like her like that.
The format between the writer of Alex and I was thus: I would write first and give him a few days to read it before I published. So every week, Julie’s blog post was his prompt. This greatly relieved the work load of my friend, which was nice since he was volunteering his time to my project. As I didn’t know how he would respond, it was fun seeing Alex’s post every week. I never knew exactly what he would do!
Somewhere in the midst of glancing at the plot line and writing once a week, Julie got away from me. Instead of being mature and articulate in her feelings, she turned out… a little [lot] too similar to me. And that shocked me. I’ve always felt that I could control my characters completely, but now I understand what J.R.R. Tolkien meant when he wrote that he was surprised by Faramir.
So, what did you guys think of it? Should I write more of these? I have another writer/ friend interested in writing with me. What would you like to see from this match made in hell?
Thanks for reading,