One of the books I'm working on is a collaboration. This is weird to me, because it wasn't long ago that I didn't think I would ever want to do a collaboration.
"It's too complicated."
"It would be too hard."
Those were some of the excuses I used when writing this way was not attractive to me. But something changed and when I was asked about considering a collab I realized I really wanted to try it.
And I'm so glad I did!
I've found a collab to not only be FUN - but beneficial as well. Here's why:
- I learn from my partner! We all have room to learn and grow in our writing and this is a great way to do it.
- I have fun brainstorming with my partner. It expands my thinking and plotting skills.
- It's great to bounce ideas off one another and see how they morph into something more fantabulous than either came up with on their own.
- Good practice for teamwork
- It keeps me going. My partner keeps me motivated and moving at a good pace
- Know the person. Make sure you've read some of their work and you're comfortable with their writing style.
- This is a commitment to someone else - not just yourself. Be prepared to work and contribute.
- "Be comfortable enough to give and take criticism. You don't want to be worried about hurt feelings during revisions." - Rachel Shieffelbein
- "Be open to suggestions and change. Speak up when you know things aren't working. Have fun. Treat your collab partner as a friend AND a business partner. Know each others schedules. Know each other's limits concerning content and language. Know each others end goal for the project. Write bios for your characters. Be willing to let the collaboration partner edit and write some of your chapters and do the same for them. It's ONE book written by two people...not two books written by two people. So listen, be open to change. Speak up, and be nice and kind in your workings. Write notes along the way. Make jokes, talk about your characters as if they are real, appreciate that you're sharing a passion of yours with someone else. Feed off your partner's strengths. Recognize your weaknesses. And have fun. Have fun. Have fun!" - Cassie Mae
Have you ever written a collaboration? What was your experience? What are your thoughts on writing a collab? Anybody hesitant like I once was?