When a Plotter and a Panster Co-Author a Novel

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Hi, SEers! Welcome to a Mae Day on SE. It’s also a Staci Troilo day because she and I wroteThe Haunting of Chatham Hollowtogether, and that’s what I’d like to discuss today—writing with a co-author. It’s definitely a rewarding experience.

But what happens when one of you is a plotter and the other is a pantser? If you’re thinking Felix and Oscar fromThe Odd Couple, it’s not that extreme, but there are adjustments to be made on both ends.

Before I start, I’d like to mention SE members, John Howell and Gwen Plano who co-authored The Contract: between Heaven and Earth wrote an excellent four part series on co-authoriship, which will give you another perspective on the process. You can find their posts here: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four.

Staci and I have been online friends for a…

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