Over at 1stTurningPoint.com yesterday, Jim Thomsen listed some of the things he feels writers can learn from best-selling (and prolific) author, James Patterson. Citing a NY Times article by Jonathan Mahler he sets out some of the non-traditional, yet extremely effective, methods Mr. Patterson has employed to make himself by far the biggest selling author in America.
It’s an interesting post, but the thing that struck me most was the idea of working with co-authors (#4 on Jim’s list). In my Gentleman Jones days, I co-wrote a lot of music for our songs, but rarely collaborated with anyone on the lyrics.
I can see Jim’s point about certain genres being ‘generic, homogenous and interchangeable, crafted specifically by their publishers to reflect the publishers’ sensibilities more than the authors,’ but I suspect I’m too stubborn to enjoy the process. I suspect that my idea of collaboration would involve me getting my way 50% of the time, with my writing partner caving in and letting me get my way the other 50%.
That said, a lot of folks, like Ilona Andrews and aprilhenry, for example, manage to co-author books, so it’s definitely something worth considering, though as I say, it’s probably not something I (or for that matter, any writing partner of mine) would enjoy.
How about you?
Would you ever co-write fiction?
Have you ever co-written a story/novel?
If ‘Yes’ would you ever do so again?
If ‘No’ why is that?