A case study in collaborative writing shows things can be good, fulfilling even. I personally think it’s a recipe for murder and burial in a cold wood’s shallow grave. Try to edit my clever aphorism, will you?
WHEN REBECCA Sparrow thought of writing a novel with her mentor, Nick Earls, she was warned: “There are no people who have ever written a novel together who are friends at the end of it.”
Not true. Australian writers Dymphna Cusack and Florence James spent an idyllic time writing the first draft of their novel Come in Spinner, and stayed friends though a gruelling five-year editing process. They wrote under the name of Sydney Wyborne, and when the book won the Daily Telegraph prize, the editor refused to speak to Cusack when she called to make an appointment, and insisted he would only talk to Wyborne. (Obviously Come in Spinner couldn’t possibly have been written by a woman, let alone two.)