Saturday, January 28, 2012

A New Project

The other day my daughter Jess, over at Write. Skate. Dream., and I decided to write a novel together.  We had so much fun when I was beta-reading her novel, that we wanted to co-author something.  It's a whole new experience sharing the creative process with her.  I get to see how her mind works.  Yesterday, I got up for a minute to get something and by the time I got back to the computer she had already written like 20 lines of dialogue!  I couldn't believe it.

We sit next to each other with our laptops and it's awesome because we can both be writing lines at the same time by sharing the document on Google.  Sometimes she starts a sentence then pauses and I jump right in and finish it or vice versa.  It's like our brains are communicating through the force or something.  Very cool.

Who knows what will eventually become of this collaborative work.  But I know the journey will be worth every key stroke!

Have you ever co-authored a piece, or worked closely with another writer? and how did it work for you?

If not, what are you up to this weekend?

Kathy :)


  1. That's great how you are able to share the document and work on it at the same time. I didn't know that was possible.

    I've never co-authored anything with anyone. I think I'm too much of a control freak to share the page. :P

  2. I know Jess from her blog. When you left a comment on my blog, I noticed you had the same last name. How wonderful you're both writers. My daughter is nine and loves to write. I can picture like you both are typing away on your computers! Nice to meet you.

  3. In a sense, my autobiography received lots of input / support from DGM seeing that we shared two-thirds of our lives together. In addition, he deserves much of the credit for the book-cover concept which, I think, turned out great – thanks to the creative work by the professionals at Create Space.

    As you are well aware, I ALWAYS get what I want. So I proposed to establish a DGM-Acknowledgment Day once a month. He gets to pick which day, what he wants us to do the entire day, etc. It's a day devoted to making him feel special. Tomorrow is the very first day when we're actually implementing it. I'm looking forward to it because I KNOW it's going to be a relaxing day.

    I did have to define that I will not be giving up on my usual exercises. He is so excited regardless!

  4. I have never co-authored anything but I think this is a wonderful thing to share with your daughter.

  5. That sounds like fun. The last time I co-wrote anything it was a mosaic piece. I'd write everything from one character's pov, and my writer buddy had another character's pov.

  6. I have not co-authored but I do love that you are doing so with your daughter. :)
    My daughter is 15 and reads and writes nearly as prolifically as I perhaps....someday.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. :) So lovely to meet you.


  7. I've tried the co-author thing and it's never, ever worked for me. I get frustrated when I have to think about what will work for them as well as for me, and our voices sound awkward when pushed together, and the ideas don't flow. I'm so impressed by people who can pull it off. Writing with someone else drives me crazy.

  8. oh that does sound fun, I'm not sure how I'd go in that situation. I've never tried though, so perhaps one day I should give it a go

  9. Thanks for mentioning me, mom! It's been so much fun coauthoring with you!

  10. That sounds so wonderful! I hope that you both have a great time working on this and can't wait to see what comes of it. My daughter is only one, but I will admit to little day dreams of sharing my love of writing with her in the future. I really love that you and your daughter are able to share this passion!