I’d like to welcome my co-writer Lisa back to the blog again today. Her last post on what’s involved in co-writing something as hefty as an entire book was awesome, and this is awesome as well. Enjoy.
Writing SciFi is fun for a lot of reasons, the world building, the aliens, doing research on orbits and nebulae on Wiki at 4am, but one of my favorite parts of writing L&O was the characters we spun out. I’m astonished by the awesome feedback we’ve gotten. It seems like a lot of people really enjoyed our cast, which, not gonna lie, makes me want to preen.
The last time Sunny asked me to guest blog, I talked about what it was like writing with a co-author. In the initial stages of L&O’s development we each wrote predominantly from one character’s POV (I started with Lock, Sunny with Adam), and over time we became more fluid and switched back and forth, and added a number of other POV characters to the mix. Because of our history with RPing, the characters were the most important part of story development. The plot and the world building were only interesting if we had fleshed out, three-dimensional individuals to live through it.
So, I still feel odd doling out advice about writing, given that I am at this moment sitting hung over on my couch in my grad student apartment, but! I guess everyone starts somewhere. Here we go: