Editing As I Go

I’m currently co-writing a book. I keep sending chapters for approval, but then not opening them when she sends them back. I’m doing this because I know me. Although, I’m sure this is driving her crazy. I also know that when I have to read the book as I go, I tend to remove huge amounts of the book as my ideas change.

This is one of the many challenges of co-writing projects. My co-author and I have very different writing and editing styles. I’m more of a “go with the flow” author. I do some plotting and planning, but I don’t rely heavily upon it. My ideas are always changing and evolving.

Unfortunately, some of her ideas are also in my brain and they are changing and evolving along the way. By the end of the book, I suspect her to be frustrated with my product, because it won’t be what she envisioned it to be when we started. And I’ll wait for the end to make all her suggested changes.

There are some things that both of us had to compromise on and some things that couldn’t be compromised on. We’re taking it one step at a time at this point or rather, one chapter at a time. And there are times I have to just sit on chapters. Because in my head, I’m not sure they are done. This is my first cowriting project and overall I don’t think it’s going badly, it just different.

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