Friday, April 1, 2011

Friday Round-Up - #150

Shannon K. O'Donnell, at Book Dreaming, shares points from an article she read about applying story arcs to individual scenes.














Lynn, at Connecting Stores, welcomes Eileen Bell to her blog. Ms. Bell gives tips on making a collaborative writing effort successful.

Have you ever written an article, story, or novel with another writer? What tips do you have for creating a harmonious experience?









Have a blessed weekend!


26 comments:

Rosslyn Elliott said...

The last time I co-wrote a novel was with my twin sister, in 8th grade. That was fun, but it's hard to imagine co-writing now. I'll be interested to hear any tips.

Linda O'Connell said...

I have been discussing this with another writer. Have a great weekend.

Wendy Paine Miller said...

My good friend wants me to help her write a memoir. I haven't signed up yet b/c I have so many other ideas swirling.

~ Wendy

Carol J. Alexander said...

I'm reading Falling in Love with Jesus by Dee Brestin and Kathy Troccoli and all the way through I've been wondering, "What's it like to write with someone else?" No, Susan, never done it myself.

Thanks for the info.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Rosslyn -

I'm working on a collaborative project right now. Two things I'd stress: Make sure you and the other person have a similar vision for the story and like each other.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Linda -

I hope the article gives you some guidance on the subject.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Wendy -

A well-known agent once said, "If someone asks you to write their memoir, RUN." It's amazing how many people want you to write a book when they find out you're an author.

With that said, I commit all these issues to prayer. If the Lord is giving you the go-ahead, then do it.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Carol -

The example you cited is more a work-for-hire thing. A famous person asks a writer to help them with a book. It's nice to see the writer's name on the cover as opposed to it being ghostwritten. But that's a whole other story!

A collaborative writing effort might be a neat project for homeschool kids or the elderly. An elderly complex near me put together a book of short stories based on the residents' lives.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Nancy said...

I can see how the author of the book I just read has done the scene arc that Shannon describes. It was very effective. If this technique were mastered, it would help the whole story to be more exciting.

Susan said...

Hi Susan: I have never co-written anything with another writer. Don't know if I'd even want to. I'm very comfortable with interviewing, however.

I want to thank you for your visit to my blog and your comment, too. Always love having you stop by.Susan

Rita Garcia said...

You have a blessed weekend too. I'll be watching the comments for this question--interesting!

Karen Lange said...

I am actually working on a collaborative project too. Things are going well. Matter of fact, I am going to try and work on it this evening. :)
Blessings,
Karen

Faith Imagined said...

A very timely question for me! I am co-writing 2 pocket prayer for www.pubint.com with several other authors. I am excited to see how the process pans out.

sarah said...

I've never co-written anything other than work related. But I have gotten some great help and ideas from my dgt and friends....Hope your weekend is great.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Nancy -

It's neat when you read an article and see it played out in a book. I've experienced that with a number of principles.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Susan -

When I did the virtual lunch with Jen and Rhonda, we worked together on the project. It was great fun, but a lot of people prefer flying solo. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Rita -

We have some interesting discussions here. Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your weekend.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen -

Very cool! Maybe we could compare notes. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Alisa -

I'm so excited for you! Please let us know when the books are released.

Maybe you can do a post on sharing the writing duties with another author.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Sarah -

Perhaps the article will give you some ideas. I've always thought writing a book with another person might be something I'd like to try.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Lynn said...

Thanks for linking to Eileen"s post! As a short story writer I would like to write linking stories with other authors. I am lucky to have Eileen as a friend.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Lynn -

The pleasure was all mine.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you had a great weekend.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Eileen Bell said...

Thanks so much for the mention on your blog, Susan! It looks like quite a few people are considering collaborating. Hope my ideas make the road a bit smoother!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Ellen -

Thank you so much for your helpful article. There aren't many on the Net on the subject.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Tonya said...

Susan as to date I have never written a book, but I hope to someday. I always find intersting things to read on your blog about writing and tips, Thanks for sharing. Blessings to you.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Tonya -

I'm glad you're enjoying the blog.

Every one of us started out in your position. I hope you'll venture out and start writing down ideas/short stories. The best way to learn how to write is to actually write!

Blessings,
Susan :)