#Writing Collaboration: Can You Play Nice With Others?

Brief aside before the main post… check out my “speed interview” with Roxanne Rhoads at Night Owl Reviews. My interview may have answers you already know but there’s also an interview with Scarlette D’Noire, whose latest work appears in a recently released vampire anthology full of horror, dark fantasy, and paranormal romance stories, as well as Roxanne’s UF/PNR holiday wish list suggestions. Okay, now on to the main event: My next guest blogger is K.M. Fawcett who’s here to discuss writing with a partner. I haven’t yet collaborated on a project or written anything with a partner, but I’d certainly consider it if the right partner and the right project came along. It could be a lot of fun — a new way of creating characters, settings, and stories. Welcome, Kathy!

How I Ended Up Co-Writing a Novella and Selling It

by K.M. Fawcett

Thank you, Jill, for hosting me on the blog today! I’m excited to be here.

Collaborating on a project with the wrong person could be a nightmare. That is especially true if you and your co-writer have different expectations and those expectations haven’t been discussed ahead of time. Communication is key for a successful writing partnership.

The most important thing to consider when choosing a partner to collaborate with is this: Do our personalities fit? This is more important than finding someone who writes in your genre.

I had never really given collaboration much thought in the past. Writing was something I did by myself. Yes, I had a critique group to bounce ideas off of, but the actual writing was mine alone.

So how did I end up writing a novella with my friend Cathy Tully and selling it? Well it all started with a publishing party we weren’t invited to attend since we both wrote for different publishers. Our other two conference roommates (yes, the four of us shared a hotel room for five days and had a blast) were going to their publisher’s party. Cathy and I wished we could go, too. Our friends, who had collaborated on a novella for this publisher, suggested we do the same. Write a novella together and sell it to them.

Really? Could we write a story for a publisher just so that we can go to their party? We gave the idea some thought. The next day, half jokingly I told my agent what my writer buddies had suggested, and what was her response? “Well, it really is a great party.”

After further discussion, Cathy and thought, hey why not give this a try? We’ve been friends and critique partners for years. I knew our personalities could work together. However, Cathy writes sweet, funny contemporary romances and I write sexy, edgier sci-fi/ paranormal romances. What would we possibly write together?

We started brainstorming ideas in our hotel room, and outlined it at the airport and on the plane ride home. We came up with an urban fantasy – a Beauty and the Beast type story.

Oh my, it was so much fun writing it together! We divvied up the scenes and when we read through them, we’d each revise to include our strengths. She’d add humor, and I’d add more emotion and sexual tension. We’d write, revise, compromise and make the story better. The bonus came when either of us got stuck. Any time our muse wasn’t playing nice, the other was right there to jump in with ideas and give the scene a go and move the story forward. It was a blast.

Have you ever collaborated with someone? Was the experience better or worse than you imagined it would be? Did you get together and write or did you write solo and send the scenes to each other? I’d love to hear from you!

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More About Kathy

K.M. Fawcett

K.M. Fawcett

K.M. Fawcett writes sci-fi/paranormal romances, and enjoys stories filled with adventure and strong, kick butt heroes and heroines. She holds the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black belt) in both Isshinryu Karate and in Ryukonkai (Okinawan weapons). She and her husband own Tenchi Isshinryu Karate Dojo in NJ. When not writing, blogging at Attacking The Page, or working out at the dojo, K.M. is driving her two children to/ from ballet classes and drum lessons.

Have you ever written anything with a partner or collaborated on a project? Do you have a favorite book or series that was written by more than one author? Let us know in the comments for a chance to win a copy of CAPTIVE. Thanks to Kathy for guest blogging today!

About Jill Archer

Jill Archer is the author of the Noon Onyx series, genre-bending fantasy novels from Penguin/Ace. DARK LIGHT OF DAY and FIERY EDGE OF STEEL, out now. WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE... coming May 27, 2014! View all posts by Jill Archer

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