Does Collaborative Fiction Writing Work

Posted on June 29, 2017 by [email protected] Writing is a solitary endeavor, most of the times. Each writer expresses their personal experiences, observations and opinions while they write. They claim ownership of their characters and stories and take pride in, or become protective of what they’ve created. So is collaborative fiction writing possible? Does it work? Or, do too many cooks spoil the broth? I have completed five novels in collaboration with another writer. Writing with a partner can be difficult and frustrating. However, it also has numerous benefits. 1) Speed up production by increased volume – two vs. one. 2) Strengthening tasks by working together – two heads are better than one. Here are some of my observations about collaborative fiction writing: Inspiration – Having another person to discuss plot points or characters gives you a new perspective. Sometimes we are so close to our story focus our writing becomes narrow and we fail to see possible new directions to follow. Motivation – Working a full-time job plus normal daily living provide ample excuses not to write. Having another person wait for you to finish your part gives you a push to get it done. It also helps […]

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