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Zanzibar
March 4th, 2005, 08:53 PM
Just to satisfy my curiosity, has anyone out there ever co-written anything? If so, was it an enjoyable experience? Was it easier or harder than doing it alone? If anyone has anything else to add, please do.

tooeviltoknow
March 4th, 2005, 09:05 PM
Yes and the answer is no and twice over no. Why must you remind me of bitter memories, lol.

Holbrook
March 5th, 2005, 02:08 AM
Depends on your co-writer. I have written collab work with various people on forums, for the most part it hard you have to trim your ideas to fit anothers framework. Good to stretch your imagination and writing skills though.

Only one fellow writer I "jelled" with, mainly because we are friends and are honest with each other about our work. You need to be honest when you are editing a joint work, you have to be as hard on their sections as you are on your own.

We got a book out of it, or rather an anthology of short stories.....Not made a fortune, but it taught us both alot about writing, publishing and ourselves.... impressed others too see the review. That site is not known for pulling its punches with reviews so both of us count that as quite a feather in our caps.

http://www.equilibriumbooks.com/seventhreads.htm

http://www.sfsite.com/09a/st183.htm

ShellyS
March 7th, 2005, 10:36 PM
I write a lot with collaborators. I write spy stories with a couple of friends. We divide up the scenes and write many of them interactively, doing dialogue via IMs, and so on.

I'm writing a science fiction series with another friend. We're a good match because our skills are complementary. I'm good at drafts, she's good at revising. I'm good at dialogue, she's good at action. And so on. Plus, we have a written agreement and we trust each other. Egos don't get in the way.

I love writing collaboratively.