Hi Amy! *Waves!* We’re still pumping our arms from all the excitement of our release of LITTLE DEAD RIDING HOOD on Tuesday.
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We’ve been asked to talk about the pros and cons of writing together. We listed our ups and downs on Tuesday at Margie’s Bumbles and Fairy-Tales blog, and I’m just as excited to discuss this topic.
Here’s five pros to writing with my daughter:
1) She’s super creative. Her ideas always seem to take things to a whole. nother.level!
2) She’s funny. Bethanie has a natural ability to summon a laugh from her audience.
3) Bethanie is a hard worker. A few weeks ago she churned out over 8,000 words in an afternoon. It would take me an entire week to write that many words!
4) She doesn’t judge me when I stay in my pajamas all day.
5) She’s insightful. She knows that the words need to be put on the page first before they can be edited. I’m the opposite. I tend to be a perfectionist and want perfect words, sentences, and paragraphs the first time around. She is the one that reminds me that we can’t perfect what isn’t written.
Here’s the cons to writing together:
1) Time. Bethanie is homeschooled AND training for the Olympics in archery. If we had to wait for time to write together, we’d never get anything written. So although we plot together, we tend to write independently. Bethanie will email me what she’s written and I incorporate it into our manuscript. We discuss plot, characterization, and story development when we’re driving to various activities. If we need time to delve into something deeper we squeeze it in on the weekends.
2) If I don’t work, she knows it. So I can’t get away with it. Ever. I’m always accountable.
3) Not agreeing. It’s rare, but sometimes we don’t agree on a plot point, or how to implement it.
4) Bethanie says that one of the hardest things for her is that because we’re family she feels as though she can procrastinate if I’m not reminding her to get her writing done.
5) She’s always right. That’s a hard pill to swallow when you’re the parent!
Amie Borst is a PAL member of SCBWI. She believes in Unicorns, uses glitter whenever the opportunity arises, accessories in pink and eats too much chocolate.
Bethanie Borst is a spunky 14 year old who loves archery, long bike rides and studying edible plant-life. She was only 9 when she came up with the idea for Cinderskella!
Little Dead Riding Hood is their second book in the Scarily Ever Laughter series. Their first book, Cinderskella, released in October 2013.
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Thanks for having us here today, Amy!
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THEN – as soon as you finish that, be sure to stop by my blog
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