Monday, May 17, 2010
One of the first writing projects started after my mom died was a collaborative story with writer (whom I met at the Famous Writers School MFA program) Felicity Shoulders that will appear in an anthology, "Is Anybody Out There?" edited by Marty Halpern and Nick Gevers.
We collaborated for a bunch of reasons, one of them – that I wasn't ready to think about writing on my own. Writing is always a process of letting go, but collaborating forces you to negotiate words and ideas. You are always collaborating as a writer, usually with your reader, who pretty much buys into what you've written, though they can interpret or analyze but unable to change the words. When you collaborate with another writer, you try to match ideas and words and styles as if you're thinking with one brain, not an easy task. Felicity and I revised our story so many times we lost track of who wrote which bit.
I'm excited about the story and grateful to Felicity for giving me the push I needed to get started again.
Posted by Responsible Artist at 5:08 PM