Greetings friends of Oh, Get a Grip,
I’m Keta Diablo and very happy to be here today blogging about co-authoring. What an intriguing concept!
I’m about to find out first-hand the pros and cons of co-authoring as I embark on a two-book series with a phenomenal author. Stay tuned to my blog and author home for updates on this project. (Oh, Keta, you are such a tease<---Jude)
For me, the pros far out weigh the cons when co-authoring. Some things that come to mind under the pro column are:
Division of labor – How nice that the work can be split up between two creative like-minds—a definite plus.
Writer’s Block – Allow your partner to help you hurdle that chapter you can’t seem to wrap your mind around. Sometimes all it takes to get through writer’s block is some prompting from your partner or thinking about the scene from another perspective. Both authors can play off the other’s ideas while co-writing, or even stop and think like the character the other person has written.
Productivity – I don’t know about you, but I have times when I’m extremely productive and other times I struggle with motivation. Hopefully, while you flounder in “idle time” your partner is cruising through with a burst of energy.
Expertise in certain areas – The old adage “two heads are better than one” applies here. I love research and am more than happy to take over in that area, while my partner has a particular flair for writing those steamy, hot sex scenes. I must ask her if this also stems from research or personal experience (ahem).
Brainstorming and not feeling isolated – You’d be surprised at the unique plot twists and turns that arise when two writers brainstorm or look at a scene through their eyes. This reminds me of the story about three mothers whose children got into a scuffle at the playground. When asked afterwards how the fight started, each mother relayed an entirely different story. We are influenced by our beliefs, customs and an internal moral code that is most likely uniquely different than another’s. This is invaluable when in it comes to not only life, but writing. It encourages us to step out of our little box and walk in someone else’s shoes.
And, how many times have we heard that a writer’s life is lonely and isolated? Au contraire, my friend, when you’re co-authoring. You’re no longer alone in this venture, but sharing, chatting, and brainstorming with another.
Promoting – This is perhaps one of the biggest advantages. Double the exposure, double the efforts in marketing and promoting your baby when it’s finally completed. True, royalites are split but the exposure is doubled especially if both authors are well-known and know how to market the book.
The Internet - Another beauty of co-writing is the Internet. At one time we would have done this by snail mail. YIKES!
Co-authoring is a group effort, even if there are only two authors writing a book. Authors should keep in mind that respecting your partner’s artistic and creative abilities is of utmost importance. There is no room for “egos” in the equation when co-authoring.
I hope I’ve given you some food-for-thought. If you decide to co-author in the future, I wish you the best of luck and hope you find it a pleasant experience like I have.
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