Collaboration is so different…
Writing is intensely personal. You’re building a world from the ground up. Every molecule, every atom, every bit of information bends to your whim. It’s akin to being a god.
What happens when you have two gods, each wanting to remake a world in their image? It becomes give and take.
Kc Wells and I are working on a story together called “Someone to Keep Me”. It’s about Scott, an American boy who is desperate to get away from his controlling parents. He finds someone who makes all the pretty speeches and tells him they need to be together and that Scott should come to England. Scott, blinded by an opportunity to live his dream, agrees and takes off. Upon his arrival, however, things are not what he was expecting them to be.
This story has taken many hours of Skype conversations between Kc and me. We discuss the plot down to the cellular level, each making sure the other is satisfied with the direction that the story is going. (Plus changing some words around because even though she’s from England, I question her English speaking abilities sometimes.)
It’s been a great joy to work with Kc. She brings compassion and character to our boys. I bring angst and hurt.
All in all, it works out beautifully.
We’re about 58,000 words into it and I’m having a blast.
We’ll be ready to submit the story soon (fingers crossed), so if it gets accepted you’ll soon be able to meet Ben and Scott, and hopefully fall in love with them in our first collaborative effort.