Writing in Tandem – Part 1 – Excerpt from, Success, Your Path to a Successful Book
by Maralyn Hill and Brenda Hill.
We have often said that writing in tandem shares the work and doubles the joy.
When one of us is sick, busy, moving or blocked, the other takes over.
We are our own editors… honest, kind, direct, but we can usually tell when a piece does not hang together or sing. After we edit, we have a professional complete the final edit.
Married people have written in tandem, successfully. The famous mystery writer, Dick Francis, wrote with his wife. He credits her for research and data entry as well as being his sounding board. After his wife’s death, he teamed up with his son to continue his page turning novels. We prefer to do this with a co-worker or friend. It is easier to keep the focus, with no fuzzy lines.
The best part of writing a book together and having it published is celebrating with your writing partner. Our trip from San Francisco, convertible top down, trunk loaded with books, along the beaches and little villages of coastal California, was sheer joy with two. It would have been lonely with one. No one else knows how it feels! By writing a book together we each learn from the other. Then we share the thrill…
Maralyn D. Hill and Brenda C. Hill