An era is closed, because this is the last blog where we’re telling about the beginnings. Our last blog ended with telling how the five chosen authors of the Europe Village Project signed the project’s contract, so we were able to start the project for real, since everything (and everybody) was ready. We were looking forward to starting the work together!

The crew of the Europe Village worked even in the last two months of summer:

  • Our Marketing Manager prepared an introductory booklet in Hungarian and in English.
  • This introductory booklet was sent to 132 Hungarian cities. That was our first step while looking for the location of our story (we’ll tell more about this in another blog).
  • We started to work on our website, with its main function of introducing the Europe Village Project and following the creation process.
  • We started looking for the location of our first workshop.

At the end of August, we had a Skype conference call with Henrik Zsiga (our literary professional leader) and the authors. That was the first time the authors of our project met.

After that, Henrik Zsiga sent letters to the authors, which included his answers to their questions.

Our authors had to outline their parts of the story and write a one-page synopsis before the first workshop (middle October).

Exciting! These five synopses will build up the story and give the base of our novel. It might end up being a mixture of stories, but the synopses might also inspire our authors in their own stories.

In his letters, Henrik told the authors that the main location of the story in the novel of Europe Village Project should be a Hungarian city, but the plot can take place in the other countries involved too. The questions that had been answered in the letters should help the authors in the planning process of the novel.

You have to know that this is not a common way to work, because neither Henrik, nor the authors, have ever done anything like this before!

Henrik’s answers to the authors’ questions:

Genre?

  • adventure story
  • urban fantasy
  • mystery
  • thriller
  • crime story
  • other

To whom are we writing?

  • age
  • gender

Story?

  • my suggestion: linearity (this way the story is not too complicated)

Plot

  • describing (y)our novel in one sentence: …
  • plotpoints (especially: 1. plotpoint, the very CHALLENGE for her / him / them)

Masterplot? – our story is about:

  • revenge
  • tainted love
  • love
  • friendship
  • escape
  • discovery
  • duel
  • other…

Moral message?

  • in a short sentence (usually cliché):

Main character?

  • one man / two or three men
  • one woman / two or three women
  • man + woman

The main character’s features?

  • physical
  • social
  • psychological

Main character’s arc?

  • inner demon, fear:
  • goal:
  • arc:

Mood / style / tone? – is there … in our novel?

  • death
  • humor
  • obscenity

Based on what you read above, writing might not seem very romantic. It’s not like your muse gives a kiss on your forehead and you write spontaneously.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but novels need to be very well designed, just like when we’re about to cook a meal: first, planning the ingredients and deciding on their amounts, and what spices we’re going to use.

Of course the writing needs the authors’ creativity after it has been prepared.

Our authors did their homework: they answered the questions that were brought up and based on those answers they were able to prepare their well detailed plots and characters by the time of the workshop.

The significance of this method is proven, because the work didn’t have to begin at zero at the workshop. Everybody had their own stories and characters. With these they were able to put the novel’s plot and characters together.

This is the end of our blog’s introductory section, which was all about the preparation. With the first workshop, the fun had begun: THE WRITING!

But we’ll talk about that next time!

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