People often ask us what it’s like to co-write a book. *chuckles* We call it “choose your own adventure”. You see, although we share a brain where our characters are involved, we have very different writing styles. But they complement each other.
Toni is one of those cheery morning people (once she gets her coffee verses blood levels regulated **hey, I resemble that**). Beginnings are her strength, thus she does her best writing in the morning. Kira likes strong endings and usually writes late at night (and yes, Kira wrote her part at midnight). Toni posts her morning chapter, which Kira finds later that night. Kira then gets to “choose” where the characters go on their next “adventure” in the story, saving it for Toni to discover and add to the next day. Read. Write. Repeat.
We each take a main character, the one that resonates with us the most, and tell our stories from alternating points of view. What makes co-writing so fun is trying to guess how (or in Kira’s case provoke) the other person into reacting in the follow-up scene and vise-a-versa. Kinda like real life. And no, Toni’s don’t always do what’s expected. Neither do Kira’s *grin*
We try to work from a story outline—Toni’s Plotter personality loves color-coded spreadsheets—but it’s loose enough to allow Kira’s Pantser personality free reign, to a point. (Okay, I admit it—the outline helps me too. Shhh, don’t tell Toni. **I heard that**) The outline usually keeps us on track. Although it’s amusing when one or both of us steal a story point for their chapter and mess up the timeline.
We collaborate online and store files where we can both access them when we move into the editing phase. We also chat and text each other constantly. Kira wakes to 5 am texts of “Oh, what if we…” and Toni gets late night chat messages of “I figured out how to fix…” There are compromises on both sides. In the end, we always manage to figure out what’s best for the story. We push each other to make our reads enjoyable (and sexy), stay true to the characters, and put out the best book we can.
They say writing is a lonely journey. When you co-write, you get to have a friend along for the adventure and you never quite know what’s going to happen next. That’s the best part!
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