Marriage of Minds: Collaborative Fiction Writing

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Part how-to book, part relationship book, Marriage of Minds offers strategies and techniques for creating successful collaborations and successful fiction.

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The marriage analogy, albeit apt, grows tiresome quickly. Early chapters on searching for Mr. "Write" and the "prenuptial agreement" give way to later ones on sticking it out "through better or worse" and "surviving the seven-year itch." The writing in Marriage of Minds is full of italics and exclamation points and cute little stories about deleting each other's edits. Regardless, Nikoo and Jim McGoldrick (whose books The Dreamer, The Enchantress, and The Firebrand appear under the pen name May McGoldrick) have gathered some useful information for potential collaborative writers regarding such things as work-style compatibility and rights issues. Perhaps the greatest service they provide comes in the form of anecdotes from the frontlines. Writing a book with a friend or a sibling or even--as with the McGoldricks--a spouse may sound like a grand old time. Some writing teams complain that they even have trouble convincing friends and family that they are actually working. But creating together can take its toll. "People would hear us 'working out plot problems,'" confide Shirl Henke and Carol Reynard, "and then move sharp instruments out of our reach." --Jane Steinberg

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Nikoo McGoldrick is a recently retired engineer manager. Most recent novels include The Dreamer (2000), The Enchantress (2000), and The Firebrand (2000), published by Penguin Putnam.

James McGoldrick is an Associate Professor of English with a Ph.D. in sixteenth-century British literature. Most recent novels include The Dreamer (2000), The Enchantress (2000), and The Firebrand (2000), published by Penguin Putnam.

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