It took me 15 months to have my fifth book, DreamCatcher, ready to be published since my publisher and I gave birth to the idea. No matter how much love I have for writing, the love was never enough of a trigger to enable me to write every single day and finish my works sooner. A book, for me, is always my “baby”; and to write a good book, I thought, should let me take my time.
Therefore, to embark on a writing project, in which I would have to write something related to it on every other day, was an ambitious goal to fulfill. Yet I, unreasonably, still went for it.
Have you ever read #28hari? “28 Hari untuk Selamanya” was a writing project of @beradadisini and @ndorokakung, two Twitter personalities, in February 2010. Each day, both of them write something and later on the stories were tailored into one complete piece. The project inspired me so much and influenced in bearing the concept of “Beats Apart”.
I had always wanted to have a writing project with another person. I spent plenty of time observing other people’s writings, trying to find “the perfect match” for this particular project. I finally had my thoughts fallen on Kevin Aditya, a good friend of mine, who blogs in English (and whose writings I had been favouring so much). I later talked to him, said yes, and encouraged us to start writing immediately. The rest was history.
“Beats Apart” was born as our writing project, in which each of us writes a story on every other day. I possess the role of “F”, the female character; while Kevin directs “M”, her counterpart. As Kevin described it, “Beats Apart” is “A fiction of two people going through the pains of loving, told over a course of one month.” The project started on 8 May 2012 and ended on 8 June 2012, published daily on beatsapart.tumblr.com.
During the creative process, Kevin and I did not really discuss about who would write what, and how the other person should respond to it. Kevin’s writings usually come to me as a surprise. I think that’s why the project felt so dynamic in our eyes yet we found it very difficult to realise the project was coming to an end.
Now “Beats Apart” has reached its finale, there is something got me learning from the project. Although it took me quite some time to write a book, apparently I was still able to write something spontaneously without constantly editing it over and over again, and that it was possible to write as frequent as writing one post in every two days.
It was for the love.
“Beats Apart” is not a commercial project, and Kevin and I did not feel like we had to satisfy what people would like to read, or thought about how people would respond to it. We only did what we loved doing, and apparently we still got great responses from the readers. Thanks to “Beats Apart”, I fell in love to writing once again.
Thank you, everyone, who has read “Beats Apart”, responded, wrote about it, reviewed it, waited for it, and even considered it as a bedtime story. And, most of all, thank you, Kevin, for being such an amazing, inspiring partner in the project.
I really can’t wait to have another writing project like this.
(P.S.: Do you think #BeatsApart should be an e-book (available for free download) or a printed book (available for sale)? Let Kevin and I know. Who knows, we might be able to make it happen!)