Firstly, it’s fun. Secondly, you might learn something from working with someone beyond just giving your opinions and suggestions. And thirdly, it’s fun. That last one was worth mentioning twice.
I’ve been lucky with one particularly critter I met last year. She’s become my best friend even though we’ve never met. But we think so incredibly alike that I wonder why we didn’t collaborate sooner.
I started Out of Ashes a few weeks ago, but was letting the ideas float around before committing to the plot and story. Now I have it all outlined, I’m on a roll. I was thinking about the word count and if it would make novel status rather than novella, not that it matters.
But chatting to my friend, I said it would be great to have another POV to fill in some of the gaps. It’s all in 1st POV so I wasn’t planning on having more than one POV, but I thought it would be fun to add to it. I have more thoughts on POVs for another post.
I knew our approaches to writing match closely enough that we wouldn’t clash in our processes. Also, while our styles are different, they express the same level of emotion, characterisation, exposition etc, so would compliment each other nicely.
Like two different instruments playing a duet, they need to have complimenting tones and play in time to one another even if their notes are different. It’s called harmony. Even the unmusical can understand harmony.
So this is our literary duet, with me as first chair, and my friend as my harmoniser to give a fuller richer experience. I want the best out of my work, and this would really bring it to life more.
And since starting this post, she’s written the most amazing chapter for me. I’m still deciding whether it should be a prologue maybe, and have it as a one-off if she’s too busy with her own WIP. But either way, I hope she writes more if she can.
As much as I hate to think of her not being able to write more, life doesn’t always go according to plan. So I’ve planned the outline in such a way that the story works with or without her chapters. But I have one for now. And her personal additions have helped set up ongoing details and given me more ideas.
So thanks, best friend/writing buddy, for helping me give readers more and for offering such a perfect chapter.