Archive | January 2013

Collaborative Writing

collaborative writingI’ve been a writer most of my life. I have written both fiction and non-fiction, blog posts, magazine articles, books, newsletters, and all kinds of other projects involving writing. The one thing I had never done was co-write. Until now, that is. One of my writer friends and I decided to enter a popular writing competition that features writing in rounds, with elimination possible in any of the rounds. The competition accepts writing teams, so my friend, Rhonda, and I decided to give it a shot. To prepare for the contest, which does not start until February 22, we felt we needed some practice co-writing to see if we could do it. The contest divides the writers up into heats and provides each heat with three prompts: Subject, Genre, and Character. We decided to write three stories, each one following the time and length limits set in the contest. We also created a random list of subjects, genres, and characters. We drew one of each for each of the three stories. Our first random prompt list was: Mystery (Genre), Bartender (Character), and Business Meeting (Subject). We had eight days to write a 2500 word story. You can read it by clicking here: Alexis’ Aggravation   or on the tab above. Our second practice story was to be written in three days and be no more than 2,000 words. Our random prompts were: Science Fiction, Casino Teller, and Halloween. That story is published under the All That Shimmers… tab. The third one, which was to be 1500 words and completed in 24 hours, is now finished. Our random prompts were: History, Lead Singer, and Luck. The story is called Finding Booth. You can click on the story title, or find it under the tab above.

Collaborative writing is interesting. We have had some fun doing this. I was not sure I could do it, because usually when I sit down to write, I just write until I am done. Doing these stories in sections and then discussing them as we write them has been good for me. Writing requires a certain amount of discipline and a collaborative project forces that discipline. I look forward to doing this again!