Category: Writing

  • Selling your collaborative novel

    To be a writer is to be a salesperson. Writing is a respected profession but no one is going to fall at your feet, begging to publish or even read your work, just because you’ve written something. Once your novel is complete, you will have to sell it yourself. That might initially be to an […]

  • Should collaborative writers self-publish?

    There’s a lot of information out there about the pros and cons of self-publishing your novel versus taking your novel to publication through the traditional route. I would, however, like to discuss it here and then reflect on the implications it specifically has for the collaborative writer. Advantages of self-publishing 1. Control This is the […]

  • Do collaborative writers need a pre-nuptial agreement?

    It rarely does one good to be pessimistic but the tangled and seemingly endless relationship that is collaborative writing is even more complicated than I might have suggested in other blogs. The road to publishing success is not evenly paved and there are legal, technical and even moral potholes to negotiate. I’m not going to […]

  • When is a novelist’s job complete?

    Yes, when is a novelist’s job complete? That’s a tricky, almost unanswerable question, up there with ‘what is the sound of one hand clapping?’ or Bishop Berkeley’s old chestnut about the tree falling and no one being around to hear it. It’s an important question and doubly important for collaborators because you need to know […]

  • The Pros and Cons of Collaborative Editing

      Pro #1 – Four eyes are better than two In the editing and rewriting stages of a novel, there are distinct advantages and disadvantages to working with a collaborative partner. In many ways, two heads are better than one. More specifically, four eyes are better than two. One of the key qualities of a […]

  • What type of writer are you?

    Maybe you found someone that you’re thinking of collaborating with? Can you be sure that you both approach things the same way? Try our fun quiz and see how your scores stack up! Question 1 – how often do you write? A: Daily. I sometimes find myself writing when common sense says that I should […]

  • Four and a half things a good self-editor needs to do

    So, one day, after lots of ideas have been passed around and plans drawn up and several chapters written and hacked about, the collaborative writers wake up to the realisation that they’ve written a novel. Or at least something that looks like a novel. But just as a pile of organs and limbs does not […]

  • Five habits of successful writing partners

    Iain and I have been writing collaboratively for nearly a year now. We’ve written fiction and non fiction. We’ve planned, plotted and edited a LOT of words during that time. Clovenhoof, our novel is now very close to publication. We’ve learned a thing or two about how to play nicely together. Here are some top […]

  • Communication Tools

    It is probably worth considering how much of a debt collaborative writing of the type we’ve been discussing owes to modern communications technology. Heide and I live twenty-three miles apart. Without word processing, e-mail, video conferencing and web-based file sharing, we would not be able to collaborate on fiction in the way we have. That […]

  • Novel writing processes

    You and your collaborator(s) may have devised a setting, some characters and the plot of your story but this represents only the beginning of the creative process for collaborative writers. At some point, you are going to need to tackle the meat of your writing project, that is, the actual writing of chapters, scenes or […]