A collaboration of authors by Dennis Scheel
In the world of writing, we always start with an idea, which turns into a script filled by our hard work, hundreds of hours, if you can settle for only that spent writing, editing or reworking it, making it the best it can be. It’s a very private endeavor, at first at least. Another idea is at some point after you start writing, you might get lucky to be a part of a collaboration of authors, mostly prevalent in short stories that fill a novel or to write a novel-length story. One well-known example of this is Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, two authors only. Starting at this can be a tricky feat.
When Diane Ash and I began, it was more to improve on an old piece of hers, but it wasn’t the right one for us to work on. We did, however, learn how well we cooperated, so we tried a brand-new project, an idea we both thought about ideas to the story. Our styles very different, but what she was weak with, I was strong with, and vice versa.
Are there any benefits to it?
If you do the style of handling each part of the story, then the writing will proceed much faster. Another option is if you decide to do what Diana and I did, writing together which will still get it to go at an increased speed, given that you have someone to hold you to the project. Writer’s block isn’t as prevalent, if you do this way, as the other one can continue when this occurs, vice versa.
Two, or more to share success and the workload, advertising etc. in the long haul which is why many recommend doing this if you can, but it would only work if you find some you click with or there would be no point, but seeing this can be hard to do. If nothing else, in my view, it’s worth it for the experience if you can achieve it…
Dennis Scheel has always had the stories running in his head, but not until after his accident, which left him mute and paralyzed on the right side was he able to tell them. After he worked his way back, he wanted to try to tell his story once more since an acquaintance told him there was talent in his poetry, he had been convinced by his ex not to write for ten years, she insisted he had no ability. This time tried in English since all other times failed. Finally, he succeeded, and he never stopped writing since. Which led to the completion of No Way Back- The Underworlds and the sequel Taken With a Dark Desire: The Underworlds
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