Wednesday, December 5, 2012

IWSG: My First Writing Collaboration

 
It's time for Insecure Writer's Support Group hosted by the Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh! We "meet" the first Wednesday of every month and discuss our writing insecurities.
 
I’m co-hosting with the lovely Tasha Seegmiller!
 
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I've started working on my first collaboration project with fellow writer Jennie Bennett.
I have never written fiction before, so I don't know the ropes.
What is show not tell?
How many words are in one chapter?
I have so many questions, but are they going to be answered?
I want to learn from this experience, but at the same time have fun.
 
I must have faith in myself during this commitment.
I don't want to disappoint Jennie.
I've seen so many successes already.
I want to make this thing happen and shoot for success.
I want to see a finished product in the future.
 
Do you think I'll be able to accomplish this task?

This is not an official announcement of our collaboration.
It will be announced in the future. 
 
Thank you Alex for hosting this group!

44 comments:

  1. Hey Livia! Wow I think that's great! I'm sure it's a ton of fun working on a project with someone. And Jennie is great!

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  2. I've never collaborated with another writer before, but as for the rest (words in a chapter, etc.) I think it's the kind of thing everyone is still learning about. There's no real hard and fast rules, just what works for your story.
    Dickens wrote long chapters, fast-paced action stories probably need shorter, punchier chapters, etc.

    Good luck working out what works for you!

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  3. Hey,

    Livia (and Jenny!) all I can say is GOOD LUCK :)

    No, seriously.

    Good luck :)

    No fighting over the pens or printer ink, either you two :)

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  4. Yes you can do it - just don't stress it and don't aim for perfection. Just do the best you can.
    And thanks again for co-hosting the IWSG this month. You rock!

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  5. You will learn so much from your first project. Don't get discouraged when you hit bumps along the road, remember this is your time to learn about the craft.

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  6. Relax and have fun with it! The rest will sort itself out later. Thanks for being a co-host. This group is so important. :)

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  7. You can do it! You can't accomplish anything without being a beginner at some point.

    But maybe I can help with the couple of questions you snuck into this entry so you can get those out of the way. First, show don't tell: The easiest way to explain this is to quote Anton Chekhov. "Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." If you have an angry character, don't tell the reader he's angry. Show him slamming the door as he leaves the room.

    Second, chapter length. That one's a little more nebulous. How long is a piece of string? :P A chapter is as long as it needs to be, and varies writer to writer and genre to genre. Some successful authors don't even use chapters. They write the book in one long section with scene breaks. You'll find what works for you.

    Most importantly, have fun!

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  8. You can do it! Congratulations on getting started and I know the collaboration will be a success. :)

    Thanks for co-hosting the group today!

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  9. The great thing about doing a collab is that we get to help each other be better writers along the way! Thanks for co-hosting today :)

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  10. You definitely can do it!

    For show and tell, you should consider getting Jessica Bell's Show and Tell in a Nutshell. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but I hear it gives clear examples between showing and telling. Plus, Jessica is awesome!

    And for chapter length, there is no limit. I've seen chapters that are one word or one sentence and some that go on for 50 pages. Mostly it is a natural break in the story.

    Thank you for co-hosting!

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  11. Livia,

    Good fortune on your collaboration and debut into fiction! I'm excited for you as you take this step. All of the answers will be revealed the deeper you delve. It's a wonderful trip, and one that I'm enjoying on a daily basis.

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  12. I have gray hairs over the stress of trying to show, not tell!

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  13. Livia, Livia, I'm so glad you are stretching your talented tootsies into the fiction waters. Together, the two of you will be dynamic. I just read a great blog today L.K. Hill (http://lkhill.blogspot.com/) on passive vs active voice. She made it very easy to understand!

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  14. Go for it! Just study the craft and get advice from other writers, such as via critique groups/partners. My blog is geared toward helping new writers. *shrugs* You can start there. Just check out my page index...

    Hi, Livia. *waves* Thanks for co-hosting this month.

    IWSG #145 until Alex culls the list again. :)

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  15. We are all learning and improving all the time. Working alongside another writer should certainly help you through some of the sticky patches but the most important thing is to enjoy doing it. That's why we do it after all. Good luck and look forward to hearing more about your proect.

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  16. Just write with emotion and tell the kind of story you'd like to read first. Editing will take care of the details. :-)

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  17. You SO can do this! Don't stress too much over the first draft and have fun with it :)

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  18. I'm sure you'll find it fun once you get into it properly, and all those doubts and questions will fade away. Enjoy!

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  19. I think we can accomplish anything with the right motivation. Especially if you have writing friends and partners you trust to help you along the way.

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  20. Sounds wonderful- I'm sure you'll learn the ropes fast and do great! Best wishes on this new project!

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  21. Hi from IWSG, thanks for helping host this month. :) I say set your mind to it, and you'll accomplish your goal. For the drafting process, just go with it. Don't put too much pressure on yourself. (That's what the second draft is for.) Have fun & good luck!!

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  22. Of course you can do it, even if you've never written fiction before. Every writer started somewhere. This is your start, and I think that it's a great start. And you've got a great person to be working with. I'm sure you're going to do really well.

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  23. Best of luck in your collaboration!
    What a great way to start!
    Heather

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  24. Yes! You can do it! I don't doubt it.
    Exciting--and scary--times.
    Best of luck with your collaboration.

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  25. Cool collaboration! Thanks for hosting. That's a lot of work. :)

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  26. Good luck! I tried to write a collab-fic with a friend, but I couldn't get the handle on it.

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  27. The hardest thing about writing that I've discovered throughout the years is the process of just starting the project. Doubt clouds in like a dust storm but so does small particles of hope. Rely on those small hopes and dreams, listen to them and dream bigger then your fantasies. No ones ever said 'I had small dreams, only big ones'.

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  28. I learned how to write short stories and got them to the point where they were bought buy magazines before I went on to novels. Then it took me three novels until I got comfortable with that. Maybe it would all have been easier if I had a partner. Good luck and thanks for helping Alex out with the blog-hop! :-)

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  29. Good luck. You've started in the right place, that's for sure. Check out Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maas and read the blogs of all the agents and publishers and lovely IWSG writers out there and you will learn quickly.

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  30. Heck yes, you can accomplish it! You're going to love it! I love how it holds me accountable and pushes me to work harder and be better. Yes, there is always the worry of letting the other down, but you won't. You and Jennie will be great! Good luck and keep us posted!

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  31. Of course you can! A collaboration project sounds fun. Good luck to you both.

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  32. I can help with words in a chapter as I know that one - it's a lot, or sometimes just a few, or even just one. Most of the other fiction rules are pretty much like that too.

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  33. A collaboration sounds like fun. You can totally do this! Thanks for co-hosting!

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  34. Yay! Thanks for following me. I'm sure you'll have great success in whatever you do. The beauty of art is learning the rules and then breaking them! Enjoy.

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  35. I'm impressed. I'm afraid of attempting to collaborate with anyone at this point. I need to get at a better point in my own writing, learning how I function as a writer. I think it's great that you're attempting it and Jennie Bennet is awesome, so you're working with a great writer (as if I need to tell you that:)

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  36. Hi Livia,
    Nice to finally "meet" you! I know we're not announcing anything yet...so I'll just leave it at that. if this is the wrong Livia - still nice to meet you but you have no idea what I'm talking about...LOL.

    Congrats on your new project - I wish you all the best.
    And thanks for co-hosting with Alex. I think he has multiple copies of himself or he'd never get done all he does...

    Tina @ Life is Good
    http://kmdlifeisgood.blogspot.com/

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  37. Yeah you'll be able to finish the task. You've got the support to do it, and that helps a lot.

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  38. Of course you can do it; you're determined and you've clearly got what it takes or she wouldn't have decided to partner with you.

    Thanks for hosting this month's IWSG, Livia.

    Best wishes.

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  39. Congrats on the IWSG co-hosting gig!
    Writing collaboration? That should be loads of fun! You can do it!

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  40. A collaboration sounds like an interesting project. Sure, I think you can do it.

    Lee
    A Faraway View

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  41. I've never done a collaboration before, but it sounds like an interesting project! And the answers to your questions should come in time (I know, for one thing, that I'm still very much figuring them out!)

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  42. Wishing you all the best with your collaboration. I wrote a novel with my mom, so I know how fulfilling it can be. Best wishes.

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