In a feature article in the January 2014 Writer’s Digest, we brought together four of today’s most successful co-authors to discover what goes on behind the scenes when writers collaborate—and how two heads really can be better than one. In these online-exclusive outtakes, they talk more about some of the other high-profile co-authoring gigs that came up in the course of their conversation.
In his article “The Science of Character Change” in the January 2014 Writer’s Digest, award-winning novelist David Corbett discusses the importance of crafting a character’s decisive moments of insight, culminating in a “change-or-die moment” that alters your hero’s course and propels readers through the heart of your novel. In this online exclusive companion sidebar, he offers up a checklist to help you put his technique to work in your own writing.
Chris Bohjalian moves through the world as a writer. His honest answer to that quintessential question Where do you get your ideas? could be summed up in one word: everywhere. His novels have been born from a dinner party, a wartime diary, a homeless man’s photography, and more than one fortuitous bike ride, though it’s not unusual for those ideas to percolate for years before they start to take form. And just as he might not have a defining moment when a story begins, he doesn’t keep the world at bay once he starts writing, either. In fact, he invites it in—often stopping mid-scene to go in search of new inspiration through hands-on research.