Some writers are lucky enough to have a story in them, a story that is just ready and waiting to be told, but for others, it isn’t always that simple. I mention this because it happens like that for me. Sometimes an idea is just that – an idea – and it stays like that for a very long time, no matter how big it ends up getting! I just have no idea how to shape it. Often my head feels like it’s got one big question mark in it.
You see what I mean? What I can find particularly difficult are the mechanics of the story. The twists and turns. I mention this because, if it happens to you, it can sometimes help to consider collaborating with another writer. One person’s idea might inspire others from another. For me, collaborating is a natural extension of how I work. My ‘training’ into writing – ie before I came an author – was as an editor and a lot of that job is a collaboration, but I digress…
As you may remember, I collaborated on my new series, Dinosaur Land with another GHB author, Linda Chapman. For this project I sent Linda an initial idea. She added to it, I added some more, and we went back and forth between us until we had a proposal. We were lucky in that we had both worked together before and trusted each other. We also have the same agent, but the important thing is that we didn’t give each other any hard and fast rules. We wrote the books one-on, one-off but there is no right or wrong way to write a book. There are many different ways to work a collaboration. One person out of the two might be better equipped to write all of the books. Or you might even come up with something and write it together – one chapter at a time, one by one! I mention all this because it really can be a very rewarding way of working. And you don’t even need to live anywhere near each other either to do it either. Here’s a picture of me at my desk. And of Linda at hers (looking a lot more glamorous than me, I hasten to add!)
We live at opposite ends of the country (well not quite, but you know what I mean!) Anyway, let me know if any of you might be considering collaborating. If you have any questions, I would love to answer them. Happy writing!