Hello again! Today I want to discuss how Daniel and I coauthor fantasy novels together. Now, although it’s not unheard of, it’s quite atypical to hear of coauthoring fiction. Sure, nearly every chem text you read is written by about 17.3 authors, but fiction is different. How does that work?
Well, many people feel using an outline to plan your work is limiting, but we believe it’s freeing. Without an outline, it would be impossible for the two of us to write well with everything coinciding with everything else.
So we usually develop a rigorous outline before we even get started, and normally if we are writing at the same time together, we will switch off when one’s creative juices seem to be dry. Then, the person who isn’t writing just edits what the writer writes. It’s actually quite a simple process. Here are the major pros and cons of this method:
- You get to know the coauthor really well(maybe too well!)
- You get two insider opinions
- It takes less time
- If you feel like not working, the other will encourage you to work, so it has accountability built in
- You can focus on your strengths
- Frankly, if you don’t like your coauthor, that’s really bad because you’re around him all the time
- There’s more debating
- Sadly, it’s not my way or the highway
- You have to plan everything meticulously so everything fits together
I honestly feel that coauthoring fiction is awesome, and I’d recommend it to you once you weigh the pros and cons.