Well guys, as of today Opportunity has been available for two weeks, and I gotta say, these have been some of the weirdest, anxiety fueled two weeks of my life! I can only think of maybe 3 or 4 other spans of time that have been more 'white knuckles' than this.
Releasing a book feels so much more vulnerable than I'd ever imagined. It's sort of like... when it's just a file on my computer or an idea in my head, I can protect the story, the characters... But once it's out there, it has this feeling like I've lost control of it - and ya know what? That's okay. The story is something I love enough to want others to experience it.
They say that you should write the story you want to read. And Opportunity is definitely a story that I wanted; I wanted the adventure of it, and as I got to know Joshua and Benji during the development phase, I wanted their romance.
And surely if I wanted it, someone else does too.
All of that is a long and meandering way to talk about the development process. Now that you've got it in your hands; now that you can see the boys and their trials, I thought I'd share a large part of the process for me.
When I'm writing, the background music is one of the most important parts of the environment that I create. Very early on, I create a playlist for that story, a sort of soundtrack, if you will. I thought it might be interesting to share that playlist with you. So here are the tracks that I listened to during the writing of Opportunity.
So you might have noticed that the two songs from Dear Evan Hanson have a couple asterisks by them. That's because these come from special recordings, not the Broadway Cast Albums.
*The Only Us version is from a series of videos the production put out and it's amazing.
** The version of Waving Through a Window that I used was this video done for Broadway.com.
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In my humble opinion, I think the most naked anyone can be is to be a published writer, no matter if you publish as Anonymous or bare your name for all to see. When the story is in your head, you choose whether or not to take your clothes off. When you take that story and write it on paper, you’ve taken your clothes off like 2 young, inexperienced lovers who are doing this for the first time-with the lights off-clinging to both the cover of darkness and the desire to explore every inch of this new uncharted body with maddening passion. And my friend, when you hand the manuscript to your confidant, lover, best friend, spouse, would-be publisher- you are as naked as the day you emerged from your mother’s womb. You are born and have given birth at the same time. And each new story is born and birthed differently just like we are. My wish for you is that you sire a large family.
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