Authoring a BookWriting a book
That odd couple: Coauthoring a book with a colleague
Isn' it mad when two dear ones think they can compose a novel together and keep up their boyfriend? Both of these authors are discussing the traps of co-authoring a work with someone you know well. We had toyed with the notion of writing a novel about the mother's experiences with middle-aged girls and envisioned that it would be a daunting and daunting way to live the next few years.
We developed our own thoughts and answers, interviewed a number of girls and wrote a notebook to open a long time long awaited discussion among older mums about these interrelations. The straightforward part of this part of the program was expected to be to reflect and read together about the mother of middle-aged girls.
It is Sandy who is great at absorbing information, asking the question and making a general form, while Nan sees what is lacking and is adding both complexities and the necessary paradox. While we enjoyed the view of bringing our thoughts together and providing an imaginative setting, we were worried about this. We both had been hearing about co-authors who couldn't mix their votes, or stop talking after an evil struggle, or couldn't get through because they didn't get along with each other.
There are both middle-aged girls, and although our bond with them is very close, we have been vulnerable to the tension that still exists and the words that are left unspoken. Conscious of the errors we had made in our own mother's work, we wanted to hear how other women tackled their ageing, assessed the qualities and history of their mother's work and created the form of their present relation to their children.
When we chose to continue, even with our fear, we read everything we could find, interviewed tens of women and examined all the issues that opened our minds and our imaginations. Things got tougher when we began writing. Nan, a sluggish, cautious author, had much less patience with the novel because she is part of a large extended familiy and is part of a number of other time-consuming and important work.
It is not surprising that our lifestyles, our vocals and our thoughts have found their own mixture that creates the one-of-a-kind sound that we are in the text. There was no doubt, even in our most challenging times, that our relation was in the first place, the books in the second place. As coauthors, we learnt how to move towards and distance ourselves from each other, expanding our mindset, our literacy skills and our friendships.
With the aging of mother and daughter, their relationships change in complexity and often complexity. It Never Ends, however, is about the satisfaction and concerns of the mother of middle-aged girls and discusses the themes that still emerge, the continuing impact of the past on the present and the diverse and often unseen ways in which they have been mother.
Mums recognize an unavoidable recalibration of sovereignty, self-sufficiency and independency, as they are no longer as important in their daughters' life as they used to be. andra Butler, M.A. is the writer of Conspiracy of Silence: When you like to type and have a storyline you want to tell, the only thing that can come between you and the hit you're looking for is not handicraft or a good bro or enough Facebook buddies and Tweeters, but anxiety.
Luckily, you can't type in the river and be scared at the same time. It is a matter of whether you will be fearless in your writing.