Fiction Writing: Co-Authoring with your best friend

Friday, 29 September 2017

We now have five books under our belt so clearly co-authoring works for us. We were friends before so perhaps that's why the collaboration works. Quite honestly, I couldn't tell you - but I do know that it's not always as easy as that. 
Last year, I was asked to collaborate on a script with another writer and it was a total disaster. I didn't take into account the other's writer's attachment to his words so when I re-wrote parts of the script the writer was incensed. Our partnership didn't last long!
Clare and I have been writing together for so long that it has become second nature. We like the way each other writes and we never take offence when a sentence or a chunk of writing gets striked-out. I will often litter a draft with 'xxx' (my blanks when I'm not sure what I want to say) and Clare will come along and fill in those blanks. We have long ago left our individual egos at the door and embraced our collective ego
Perhaps, it works because we see the book through the same pair of glasses and we love the energy and laughter it sparks off.

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