That is the question…
And that question can be answered by asking yourself a few different questions --
Are you fanatical about being in control of the plot, characters and flow of the story?
Do you think your ideas and concepts surpass all others and you aren't open to changing them?
Do you have problems accepting criticism?
If you answered yes to any of the above save yourself and all those in ranting range the frustration and stick to writing solo.
If you answered no to the above questions and are interested in writing with another author then by all means give it a try. At best you'll have a saleable novel and a lot of fun. At worst you'll, hopefully, recognize early on that it just isn't working out and go back to writing solo. Assuming you haven't caused severe damage to your partner -- you're no worse off for trying.
Okay, so you've decided to try it. What next?
The most important part of making a co-authorship work is choosing the right partner. Just because you get along personally with another writer doesn't automatically mean you can work well with them. I know many brilliant, creative writers that I have fun with…but couldn't pull off a novel with. Nine times out of ten it's because they're the types to answer 'yes' to the questions above.
Once you find a writer that you get along with and passes the test of the first three questions don't consider you're choice made. Make certain you are both on the same page by asking him/her and yourself a few more questions, make sure you both agree.
Is this a project purely for fun or for eventual print?
Are you both equally reliable?
Do your voices match well enough?
Are you both able to write in the genre you are proposing?
Do you trust each other?
If you find a writer that you agree with on all points, then congratulations! You're off on a fun and memorable journey.
As for how you work your co-authorship…that's up to the two of you. The most common ways I know of are --
The one I call the 'back and forth' style -- first author writes the first draft then the second author takes it and does the re-write. After which they both sit down and do a final third…or fourth…or fifth draft.
Role-play style (my preferred choice) -- each author has their character(s) and the novel is first role-played out. Then a solid POV is chosen for each segment and the author in control of that character re-writes the drafts for their character's segments. Each edits the other's work.
Whether you choose solo, co-authorship or a mix writing is a grand and gratifying career. Enjoy it and good luck!
About the AuthorRaven Bower
is the author of Apparitions (ArcheBooks
Raven is currently working on several writing projects including a fantasy novel Depths of Sin, co-authored with Markus NiemiApparitions Blog
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