Do you have writing pals or do you ride solo?
It really depends on the story. In general, I write solo, and after I have revised enough so that either I am happy with it or just plain tired of looking at it, I turn it over to my Beta Reader team. I gather feedback from them, and if I agree with their suggestions (or the majority feel strongly one way) I make adjustments accordingly.
In some cases, I employ a few Alpha readers earlier in the process. I did this with Only the Dead Go Free as I wrote it with a particular themed anthology in mind, and I wanted to ensure it met the requirements. It’s also my first completed horror, so I checked with a few experts early on to make sure I was on the right track.
While most of my works will be just by me, I do have a few WIPs in which I am collaborating with other writers:
- My first planned novel, Ursa Major, will have a ‘crossover’ scene with a novel fellow Scribe Lauren Nalls is working on. We were talking about our stories and discovered we both have a scene in them which takes place in 1983 Big Bear, California. We decided that in both novels the MCs would meet the MCs of the other novel.
- My eldest daughter and I are working on a coming-of-age superhero novella together. This will be targeted at middle-school age kids and is the closest thing to a Children’s book in my queue.
- I am working on a biography of my lifelong friend with him. This story chronicles the physical, legal, emotional, and societal injuries he sustained from a horrible accident, and how he has been recovering from them.