Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.
– Jessamyn West
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Two of my favourite writers are contributing to an anthology for which I too am writing: Lisa Shambrook’s much-anticipated post-apocalyptic funfest. Alex and Paula were both open to my suggestion that our stories intertwine somehow, with events from one story affecting a second, or even third. We even have one event seen from two different viewpoints in two different stories.
It’s a completely different process, this, and a process full of fun. Moulding your tale to fit around the needs of of another author’s characters and plot is a fascinating organic process, which involves much friendly communication, along with a certain amount of give and take. Moreover, I am using the strengths of these skilled writers to improve my own tale in areas where I know my writing is weak. In a word, it’s brilliant.
I reckon our little triptych will be a bit special. I’ll post the first part of my side of the triangle up here soon for your delectation.