a) an incompetent writer who needed help
b) a pair of already-famous authors teaming up to combine their audiences
Obviously, this idea is more than a little silly. I'm not sure at all where I got it, but it's definitely not true!
When we were talking with N.J. Tanger for this week's episode, I seriously re-thought co-authoring. It's not about one author needing help or leveraging big names. It's about collaborating with other people to make something neither of you could make on your own. It's about sharing ideas and exploring the creative process with other people. It's about balancing out your strengths and weaknesses with other peoples' to create something awesome.
It's one thing to collaborate with other people on something like a podcast or a webcomic (and I do both), but it was always odd for me to consider collaborating with someone on a prose story. But I'm working on that now. We've been plugging away at this project together for several weeks now (during my hiatus), and I'm really loving the way it's making me look at writing differently. It's a totally different energy, and I think I've finally made a way to make writing fun for me again.
What about you? Have you ever collaborated with someone on co-authoring a story? What was your experience like?
the webcomic she collaborates on. Because it's fun.