I think of fantastic writing pairs, like Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, or Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee, and I wonder, how is it possible to actually agree on something to make a final product?
I’ve had more than one person talk to me about collaborating on a project, and while I like the idea, I’m not sure how it would work. I know how things should go, and while I enjoy brainstorming and coming up with ideas and twists, I still like to have the final say in how it ends up.
I’ve done some great brainstorming. The project I was going to work on for NaNo (and still will pursue eventually) was tossed about with Ben Erlichman to get the ideas flowing. One time I won a plot storming session with a multi-published author, and it was really good to go back and forth with her and fill in plot holes and figure out how things would go.
Not all of my collaborative efforts have gone so well, however. I was working on one project and shared with a friend some of what I was doing, and he kept trying to give his two cents, so finally I said, “well maybe you can help me brainstorm the sequel.” The next thing I knew he was trying to take over the current work and inform me how things should happen, and telling other people we were writing a book together. It was so intrusive I had to step back completely and honestly my interest in the project completely fizzled.
But over the past couple months I’ve had a couple different people throw it out there that we should work on something together. At least one, I’m very open to. The other, I don’t really know the person (or their writing style) well enough to know if they’d be someone I’d even be interested in writing with.
In the meantime, I still have plenty of other things I’m working on and don’t even really have time to jump into anything else, let along start a collaborative effort which requires communication and brainstorming and plot development and character development, not to mention the actual writing of the story, and who gets to do that, especially if your writing styles are different? and so on, so I don’t even know if I’m capable of working with someone else.
Does that make me a diva?
What do you think? Have you co-written a book? Have you thought about it? How was the process? Would you do it again?