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Thank you everyone for another successful Broadstairs Bacchanalia! The con was small but perfectly formed with great talks, writing exercises, and much fun and merriment all around. Please can I invite everyone to share their talks, links, notes, pics, fics etc that were produced and discussed. Posting is open to comm members!

I shall start. Slides and some short comments on the 'Switching With Darkfic: To Unto Others As You Would Not Have Done Unto You?' can be found under the cut.

Slides etc )

Thoughts, questions, links, darkfic recs? All welcome!

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[identity profile] kat-lair.livejournal.com
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How To Survive Co-Authoring
[livejournal.com profile] kat_lair & [livejournal.com profile] pushkin666


We've written a number of fics together hence being asked to do the talk...


Why co-author?

  • Complimentary skills or expertise

  • Two minds potentially (not necessarily!) better than one…

  • Double the ideas (double the trouble…)

  • Halve the research and work

  • Easy to take different povs – writing as rpg

  • Immediate feedback

  • Learn from each other, develop new skills

  • Fun!


Things to consider

  • Do you really need to or want to co-author? Why?

  • With whom?

  • Will they be open to it?

  • Can you really work with this person?

  • Remember that best friends don’t necessarily make best co-authors…


  • Are your writing styles compatible?

  • Remember that the finished story should read like a single piece of work even with different povs


  • Both goal and process should be negotiated together

  • Agree on the story at least in broad terms

  • Agree on who writes what/who

  • Agree on how and when and how much re writing

  • Communicate, communicate, communicate…


  • Commercial co-authoring brings additional complications…

  • Rights, profits, costs, credit, legalities…


Example 1. Co-authored 'verse
Plotted together, discrete fics written separately

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Example 2. co-authored fic
Alternating povs - under the cut for length and to spare those traumatised by SCD RPS of Bruno/Craig *g*

From notes... )


...to finished fic )


Useful links - I had a look around for advice out there and these were some of the better posts on the topic
http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/coauthor.shtml
http://alyssaauch.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/tips-for-co-authoring-book.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gina-buonaguro/how-to-co-author-a-novel_b_406306.html


Recs for co-authored fics... Sadly, I can't think of any of the top of my head although I KNOW I've read and loved some. Maybe you can help?


QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS WELCOME

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