Blog entries made         
Total words written for manuscript       
Pubs used for planning
Tellings-off from old ladies         
Church services disrupted           
Copies of Birmingham A-Z defaced
Bored children made to endure planning sessions
Index cards used for fun planning games             
Thoughts on the process so far
Heide says:
I feel as though I’ve learned a lot in the last few weeks. Learning how to work with someone else is an ongoing process, but most of what we’ve tried has worked out well.
I’ve learned how to plan more carefully.
I’m not a planner by nature, I’m more of a do-er, but the collaborative planning has been so much fun that it was no chore, and now the writing seems to come very easily.
I’m pleased with what we’ve written so far, and the next step is for us to get some feedback on that.
We’ll make adjustments if it seems like a good idea and crack on with the rest.
I’m looking forward to 2012.
Iain says:
I think we must be very lucky or very tolerant people (substitute ‘indifferent’ if you wish) because we’ve seemed to have gelled together very well as a writing pair so far.  We’ve yet to rub each other up the wrong way or thoroughly disagree on what should be happening in our story. I worry that we’re too polite.
I, in complete contrast to Heide, have learned to plan less. We’ve written close to a third of an entire novel and I still don’t know how it begins or ends. And I’m not worried. Bizarre.
As Heide says, we’ve yet to get some objective criticism of our work so far. I hope that criticism is generally positive but points out the flaws in our process. We are not collaborative geniuses and hope that others can help us see how to improve.
Onward and upward in 2012.