Saturday, May 9, 2015

Two Heads

So, another few months have flown by since my last post, but I haven't been idling around. Oh no. Well, maybe a little bit, but only when absolutely necessary, and if cake was involved.

In fact, I've been deeply involved in co-writing a novel with my lovely writer and 'real-life' friend Amanda Brittany and it's been a more enjoyable and motivating experience than I could ever have imagined.

We first had the idea last year, during one of our meet-ups in London, and got so carried away we decided to give it a go after thinking of a suitable story, writing a chapter each as separate characters.

It could have gone totally pear-shaped, and led to the mother of all fallouts, but I think we knew each other well enough before starting to know we'd work well together - that there'd be no clash of egos, or stomping off and sulking, or tearing apart each other's ideas in a cruel and unnecessary fashion.

We agreed to be kind but honest with our feedback, and to take each other's thoughts on board, but not at the expense of the story. If we really felt something wasn't working we had to say so, and likewise if one of us strongly believed an idea would strengthen the plot.

We each brought different strengths to the writing process, which created a good balance, and it was great to be able to brainstorm with someone when the plot got a bit tricky, instead of banging my head against a wall. (Not that I would do that, of course, unless the wall was padded.)

We've now finished the third draft, and it's ready to go off for a critical and impartial read-through by my lovely agent, which feels both scary and exciting. We're both rather bereft now it's finished. Well, finished for now.

So I need to get back to the one I started writing before this one, and to write some short stories. It's the first time I've been so involved in a project I've let weeks go by without writing one, which is possibly a good sign.

Only time will tell ...


Amanda said...

It's been brilliant writing a novel with you, Karen. I can't believe it's finished! :-) X

Sally Townsend said...

What a great idea and how satisfying it is finished. I'm attempting my first novel alongside a friend who is writing hers too so neither of us fall by the wayside!! Mind you the poor blog does get neglected somewhat. Hope your lovely agent likes it.

CL Taylor said...

Brilliant! Hope your agent loves it.

Sue Blackburn said...

What an exciting project. Sounds a wonderful, happy and rewarding experience for two brilliant writers. Everything crossed for you both, wishing you all the success in the world. You deserve it. :-) xx

Sherri said...

That sounds fantastic. Great to have someone to work with like that - it can be a lonely road! Looking forward to hearing good news soon. xx

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Although I've never fancied doing this, you make it sound a wonderful experience for you and Amanda, Karen! Looking forward to seeing how it ends up.

DAB said...

Claps hands together in celebration of collaboration :-) Tommoxx

Karen said...

Me neither, Mandy, in less than a year too :o)

Thank you, Sally :o) Mandy and I started that way too, egging each other on and giving feedback. I think we'd both have given up otherwise!

Thanks, Cally, I heard at the weekend that she does!

Thank you, Sue, it's been a great experience, even if nothing comes of it :o)

Thanks, Bernadette :o) It does make the whole novel-writing journey less daunting.

Thank you, Rosemary. Agent likes it, so we'll see where we go from here.

YAY, thanks, Tommo! Hope all's well xx

DAB said...

All is well, thank you (upto to London with Lane next week, art appreciation day) :-) Now I hope I get an invite to your joint book signing party! Send my regards to Ms Allsorts (Amanda) Keep writing, no slacking but most of all keep smiling Clarkey.

Tommo xx

Karen said...

Will do, Tommo :o)
Say hi to Lane for me and have a lovely time in London xx