Writers Playing Well With Others

LastChanceXmasBall.FromAnneby Mary Jo

Occasionally I've been asked who I might like to collaborate with to write a book.  My answer is more or less "That will happen over my dead body!"  It's my book.  MINE!!!

Yet though writing is justly known as a solitary pursuit, that doesn't mean that writers don't like talking with other writers, and that we can find ways of benefiting from such interactions.

I'm part of an online book club of long time authors.  We all started in romance, and some have gone in different directions such as mystery, women's fiction, and paranormal.  But we're all storytellers in our DNA, and our last book discussion slid into talking about writer's processes (often very different} and that morphed into a discussion of working with others in a constructive way. 

Imposter's Syndrome is pretty common, even among successful writers who have written EchoesOfTerrorFront (1)dozens of books.  The feeling, usually when one is in the middle of writing a new book, that someone will say "You're a fraud!  You don't really know how to write!"  This can happen despite the evidence of multiple awards and bestselling books, proving that authors are masters of cognitive dissonance. <G> 

As Maris Soule said, "I know I was relieved, years ago, when I heard other successful writers say they feared one day the world would discover they really didn't know how to write or create a story."  


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The Joys of Friendship

5 wenchesAndrea here, thinking today about the joys of friendship and all the special ways it can enrich our lives. Here at the Word Wenches, we all write books that have friendship and love at the heart of our stories, though we play with those elemental tropes in our own individual styles. The beauty of friendship is that it has an infinite number of ways to weave us all together.

4WenchesInCTIn our occasional blogs on craft, we’ve talked a lot about the solitary life of a writer, and how we spend a lot of time in the “writing cave” with just our characters for company. (Trust me, there are times I wish I could send them back to their own abode and get them out of my hair! But as with all friends, you quickly learn to love their little quirks . . .)


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