A Collaborative Novel Is Twice the Work, Not Half the Work

Beth Ann Fennelly
Beth Ann Fennelly / photo by Jon Cancelino

In an essay about writing a novel with her husband, Beth Ann Fennelly discusses that the process did not lead to fighting, but that it was fun, and not as lonely. However, it didn’t mean half the work. It meant twice the work. She writes:

That’s when the novel really started cooking—and finally became fun to write—when we adopted the method we termed the “dueling laptops,” writing side by side on the same passages at the same time, then reading aloud and discussing and jointly moving forward. This is clearly not the most expedient route … but it was a wild new kind of work, a work which takes the other’s half, and raises it by half.

Read the entire essay over at this month’s Glimmer Train bulletin.

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