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Writing, a New Team Sport?

Yes, writing is essentially a solitary activity. It usually involves one person in front of their computer or with a pen or pencil in hand.

But in today’s publishing world, it really does take a community to put forth a book. Take a peek at any acknowledgement page and you’ll see a long list of editors, agents, cover artists and such not.

I think writing has evolved even beyond this. I just finished a book, The Iron Trials, by two of my favorite authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. More and more authors are teaming up to co-write books. Here is a great article I remember from some time ago by Mark Sullivan who co-authored two books with James Patterson.

I also believe critique groups and editing partners are an invaluable part of the writing process. Last month the evil dwarves gathered around to hash out plot points. We push each other as we question our character’s motivation and pick out any possible plot holes. I relish their critiques even if they sometimes they bruise the ego. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Right? Even when the paper is bleeding red. They also help calm the negative voices and help me push through the hard times.

I realize how essential my writing team is. How about you? Who is your support team?

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