Have you ever co-written a story?
Just wondering what it was like. I am considering writing with a partner on a new series I have in mind. If you read this, and might be interested, feel free to send me a message or something.
I'm currently trying to write a novel with a friend of mine. We live across the country from one another, and our schedules never mesh. Plus, she's going through a divorce (no relation to me being in the picture, lol), so we've not gotten very far on the project. All I can see right now are problems with it. So, I don't even know if I'll try to finish the project.
Other than that, I don't know what to say...
Thanks for the input. Do you find your styles go along well? Like, I, for example, meticulously plot and plan. The devils in the details so they say, but when it comes time for the writing, sometimes I lack those key character interactions.
Our styles do mesh pretty well, her descriptions and word choice is a little more flowery than mine, but it balances out. You could read from scene to scene and not realize someone different wrote each one.
I wrote about half a novel with a man I met online and have never met. This was years ago and through emails we started talking about writing a story. We wrote in volleys. One of us would write, then send it of via email and the other would pick up where it left off and it was great fun.
We both got busy raising our kids and enjoying our families and so it sort of died off. Once in a while we communicate and talk about starting it up again.
Our styles were similar but where I would kills someone off, he was a more new-age, live and let live kind of guy. I guess I am saying my take on the story was a little more gritty than his. But my dialogue skills are horrible and his were better than mine.
I am a plotter and planner too --to the point if often interferes with my moving forward with the story.
I am writing a novel and building a world with a friend. It is a fantastic and frustrating experience for each of us. The thing is, you need to care about your creation, and about your friends creation. Plus, you need to be open to accepting new ideas, and make compromises. It also get's crazy if you work on stuff without each other and if both of you think too much.
My dad had a great experience working with a friend. They talked about the basic plot, the beginning and end result, and then alternated chapters. That worked really well and they both had a great experience.
I think the best advice I can give is this:
1.Talk to your co-author and be sure you are both on the same page.
2.Create something entirely new so neither of you is deeply attached to existing ideas.
3.Be open to new ideas, and ready for some great surprises.
4. Don't over think it.
Good luck and enjoy.
I'm collaborating with a UK author by the name of Michael Bray. It's a horror story in which we are sending it back and forth across the continent and filling in chapters. It's coming along incredibly well. If you have any interest in reading a sample, I'll provide free beta version for you--and anyone else interested for that matter.
It's about a sink-hole. And something comes out of the sink-hole. Something menacing and dark which ravage the residents of Maple St.
I haven't officially "co-authored" yet. Everyone whose been interested, pretty much flaked me after we got the main plot down, lol. I am in love with the idea though. Two authors melding together their imaginations. Some of the best books, both fiction and non, have come from collaborations like that.
Am not sure if this count as co-writing. Back in high school a couple of friend created a world and we world write stories about that world but it need to be approve /revise to fit the theme/setting of the world. It was kinda fun, we also do a big of rpg on that world which make writing much more enjoyable
Ya, I think alot of collaborative writing comes from RPGs and such.
cebutouristspot, it MAY not count as co-authoring a story, but it surely counts as collaborative writing.
MPChris, It sure did for several amazing authors.
Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, Star Wars, Star Trek, and the list can go on, about things that started out as fanfiction or an RPG. You just never know what will lead you to the next great story. With or without a partner.
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