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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-02-13 05:16
Subject: [child|writing] Collaborating with my kid
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Tags:child, process, writing
After a tentative start last week, last night [info]the_child and I began efforts in earnest to write a collaborative story. It's an idea she had a while back, and a darned good one. At the time I told her I wished I'd thought of it, because I could easily get a novel out of the concept.

We're working together literally line-by-line. That's not my usual modus operandi on collaborative work, but it allows us to sit side by side and discuss story, writing process and line level language. So it's a good bonding experience for the both of us, and hopefully a good fiction writing tutorial for her. So far we've discussed the structure and pacing of plot reveals, the technical merits of first person versus third person, and a number of finicky language issues. Plus the composition of pennies.

Interestingly, writing is such a solitary act (even most forms of collaboration are serial solitary acts combined, like having sex by postcard), yet this is a profoundly mutual experience. I hope we can shepherd this piece to completion and find a publication home for it. Whether or not we succeed, this is a lot of fun for both us. I love my kid, and I love writing. What's not to like?

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scarlettina: Pennysmasher
User: scarlettina
Date: 2013-02-13 14:04 (UTC)
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I can always get behind a discussion of the composition of pennies, especially when there's a historical divide at the point at which it changed. Because, well, you know me. :-) I'm glad this is so much fun for you both. I look forward to reading the results!

Edited at 2013-02-13 02:05 pm (UTC)
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User: goulo
Date: 2013-02-13 18:07 (UTC)
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I was thinking about pair programming too!

Anna and I often do "pair translating" when doing text translation, which works well for us.
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mlerules: beach
User: mlerules
Date: 2013-02-13 15:56 (UTC)
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What an incredibly nice way to bond. :-)
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User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2013-02-13 19:48 (UTC)
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Dad moments are precious.
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User: torreybird
Date: 2013-02-13 22:09 (UTC)
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Profound and beautiful for you both. Thank you for sharing.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2013-02-14 23:15 (UTC)
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And just as importantly, it's undoubtedly a day with you she'll remember for the rest of her life. :)
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