A few weeks ago, I helped put together an anthology/collection/whatever-you-want-to-call-it about the movie “2 Fast 2 Furious.”
It features 25+ writers from across the random parts of the Internet. The movie was divided up by different scenes and we were asked to “novelize” it however we saw fit. The project was on, then off, then on and one enthusiastic guy designed it and put together and I told him I’d help put it out through Deckfight.
Turns out there were some issues the process. So here’s what I learned.
Efficiency is not a virtue.
This has actually been coming up a lot in my life. Efficiency is great for work and organizational lean-ness, but on passion projects and hobbies, not so much. People are in this for the spirit and for the community, but I rammed some stuff through just to get the project done. I asked for some cover ideas, not many people responded except for one, and that’s the one I went with.
Involve key participants.
Well, I knew a few of the people heavily involved, and I should’ve asked them more about where they saw the project headed. Just to understand the history of it. I’m actually a contributor to the anthology, but had kinda been absent from it for awhile. Their opinion on the cover, printing etc., should have been more heavily considered. Once the project came out, a few people were upset over it and I was a little angry over the anger, so I left the Facebook group which was probably not a good idea, because that’s how most of us communicated.
Just because you move fast doesn’t mean you have momentum. Sometimes, there is a slow build. This part may have been a natural result of identifying with the key participants, to re-establish the fun and energy that came with the idea initially.
So why don’t I just do it over?
That’s a fair question. There is value in learning from projects and moving forward. You can have a quality project, even though mistakes were made. And by the way, we (me and Dominic Lyne) corrected quite a few, including adding contributors, reformatting others, etc. We course-corrected and moved on. I look forward to getting to know these contributors better.
Thanks to Dominic Lyne for laying the whole thing out. There’s a lot of good writing in it, and I’ll start posting individual stories at Deckfight.