For a couple of weeks, we’ve been trying to come up with something original for W Wednesday. What we thought would be a piece of cake, proved otherwise. We did wonder if we could say one of us has a problem with our Rs, and then maybe we could get away with Womance or Wock and Woll.
But W it is – W for Who? W for Writing buddies; W for Without meeting.
So who the heck are these writing buddies, who have never met? Collectively, Isabella Connor. Individually, Liv and Val. Val lives in Canada, Liv in England. That’s an 8-hour time difference and more than 4,000 miles in between. We wrote a novel, working title Luke, now officially Beneath an Irish Sky, submitted it to Choc Lit, who accepted it for publication and here we are.
It wasn’t exactly easy to write a novel as a partnership, when we live on separate continents. But the internet (and the phone) made it far less difficult than it might have been, and we came to the conclusion some time ago that we do appear to share a brain. Cybermese twins, you might say, though it can get difficult if we both want the brain at the same time.
The internet didn’t just make it easier, though – it made it possible, as we actually met on an online message-board. From the beginning it became obvious that we shared the same feeling for the characters, the same direction for the novel. There have been times when we had to compromise, but even if you’re writing a book alone, there’s always a time when you have to deliberate on which route the plot or the characters should take.
Writing the novel together has been a pleasure and great fun. Sometimes a headache, but to expect no problems at all would have been totally unrealistic.
Partnerships/ pairings have existed since time began. Antony and Cleopatra, Napoleon and Josephine, Frodo and Sam, Marks and Spencer, and now there’s us …
We’re obviously Tweedledum and Tweedledee – they were the two who would finish each other’s sentences, right?
So are we a bargain? Kind of Buy one Get One Free – or Double Trouble. Time will tell!
There are other real-life writing partnerships, such as bestselling crime duo Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, writing as Nicci French, but we thought it would be fun to come up with some imaginary writing duos – ones that would be successful, and ones that wouldn’t last the day.
1. John Grisham & Fyodor Dostoevsky: “Clients and Punishment”
2. Jane Austen & Helen Fielding: “Elizabeth Bennet’s Diary”
3. Stephanie Meyer & Anne Rice: “Interview with the Vampire: the Cullen Chronicles”
Doomed to Fail
1. F. Scott Fitzgerald & Ernest Hemingway: “Jazz and Daiquiris in the Afternoon”
2. Ian Fleming & Charlotte Brontë: “The Governess Who Loved Me”
3. Enid Blyton & D H Lawrence: “The Naughtiest Girl and The Gamekeeper”
If you’ve any other suggestions, please share. 🙂
So, until next time then, it’s a goodnight from me … and a goodnight from her.