I've taken it a step further, and I'm currently collaborating on a cool YA paranormal/suspense manuscript with Miranda Hardy. Fellow blogger and writer extraordinaire. How did this come about? Pretty naturally, actually. When the idea first struck us, I wasn't seeking to work on a novel with another writer. I had done a post, and it sparked Miranda's imagination.
Soon, we were trading emails back and forth. Then it became full blown brainstorm sessions. Not so easy, since she's in Florida and I'm in Missouri. Isn't technology wonderful? Finally, Miranda just couldn't contain her creative urges anymore and really wanted to write this book. Then she asked me if I wanted to collaborate with her on this project.
I didn't even think it over, as it seems that's where it was naturally taking me. So I decided to go with the flow and I eagerly accepted.
We decided to utilize Google Docs. I've used it before, but now we were both really working to explore its full potential as a collaboration tool. Here's what I've learned so far about working with a partner in brainstorming, creating, and writing a book:
2) Brainstorming is fun. Miranda starting writing her ideas in Google Docs. My ideas were in red. It became an organic thing, watching an abstract idea become much more tangible and concrete...growing as our creativity was allowed to foster. As we began writing, it was so cool for either one of us to have an "Ah-ha!" moment with a cool plot twist or whatever. It's incredible having a great idea pop out from nowhere, maybe something you never would have come up with on your own.
3) Chemistry. This is one of those things where you either have it or you don't. Neither one of us is overly sensitive about receiving any kind of criticism. Not everyone is like this. Being of (sound) like temperament is a must. Miranda is also really good and constructing plot and getting it down right away. I like to mull, think about stuff, and I'm more detail oriented. We work well together.
4) The system. Some collaborators write their manuscripts simultaneously. On Google Docs, you can see what each person is doing live. It's pretty cool. But Miranda and I are both busy people. Often, only one of us is working on our book at one time. That's cool. I put my edits in red, and Google Docs allows you go look at previous versions to compare. We can also highlight stuff and jot down comments in a sidebar. There have been a couple occasions where we were online together, and that was so incredible! Google Docs also has a chat feature so we can share ideas immediately.
|One of us is not as creative as both of us|
I'm excited about this project, and Miranda and I will be sure to update you on our progress. In other words, more details to come.