Collaborative Novel Project

To go along with the bear of a rewrite i have to do I am also starting a collaborative novel with a friend of mine.

I will be honest, I have been greatly disappointed every time ive tried to do a collaborative novel. In the past I’ve tried it with maybe a dozen of my fellow writers. The problem always seems to be that the person doesnt have the drive to stick with the project and finish it. Sometimes we only get a few pages in and the person gives up. Whether its commitment problems, other distractions in life, or what have you something always comes up.

This time, i think, will be different. My fellow writer is a friend of mine by the name of John Tyczkowski. A couple months ago we got onto the topic of writing and how he has experienced the same problem as i have. (one of his co-writers gave up at 160 or so pages.) After much talk we decided to co-write a military sifi novel (very different from my normal genre of fantasy). I think the difference lies in that we both have the drive to finish a collaborative novel. We are also taking time to get the general structure of the novel put together first. And to put the icing on the cake, the novel will be founded on our collective areas of expertise (John: linguistics, more sifi experience, cultural and historical knowledge, and world building. Me: Bladesmithing, Geology, general science stuff,  deep characters, and sophisticated plot.). The idea is that he takes the lead in putting together the framework while i take the lead in characters and plot, all the while using each other for a sounding board. Once writing starts it will be a minor thing to adjust writing styles, etc. And, since google docs is so convenient for sharing that will be our medium.

That wraps it up for now. Today is my birthday and it is unlikely I will post until late tonight (yes it is 1 in the morning here).  In the next few days i will upload an excerpt of the prologue.

About Michael Barnett

I’ll say it up front: I’m probably the most eccentric person you will ever meet. Currently, I’m a student at UCONN double majoring in geology and creative writing. I love long distance biking. Oh yeah and I collect hobbies like your average ten year old collects trading cards. Let me see if i can say this all in one breath. ready, set, go. I write novels, I’m a self taught bladesmith (blacksmith that specializes in making knives and swords), I brew alcohol (but don’t drink it), I fish, I hunt, I’m long distance biker, I quad, I hike, and I will be learning the martial arts of krav maga and kendo starting in a few months. Whew! That about sums it up i think. Interested in what i do? Follow the blog!
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2 Responses to Collaborative Novel Project

  1. textwanderer says:

    Good luck with that collaborative project. If you were able to complete a rough draft novel on your own, I have confidence you will also complete this project. Also, Happy Birthday! I hope you have an excellent day today… and who knows maybe you will get to write sooner than later.

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