Ten Ways to Spot the Perfect Co-Writer

1. They read – a lot! And they like to read the genres that interest you and that you are interested in writing.

2. They ‘’get’’ you. You share the same sense of humour (imperative!) You also seem to share the same work ethic, a lot of the same interests, and the same expectations of behaviour. (In other words there are not likely to be many hidden surprises).

3. You know they can string more than two words together. A good test? You can understand the emails they send you and you know they have a decent vocabulary and can have an interesting conversation.

4. They have imagination. Think about it. Some people have NONE.

5. They are able to commit. They say that if you want something done, give the task to a busy woman. The point is that having a busy and full life should not rule someone out as a possible co-writer. Committed people make time for the things they are interested in. In fact, busy people are busy for a reason – they get things done.

6. They don’t have obvious issues. (Hopefully your characters will have enough of these for all of you!)

7. They are reliable and thoughtful. If they say they will be at your place at 3pm then they are there at 3pm or 3.05pm. If they arrive at 3.15pm, they have already sent an explanatory text message. If you know this person is the type who will finish that report, pick up the kids, mow the lawn or attend that meeting when they say they will, then sign ‘em up.

These are the people who also think to bring a plate of food to a meeting occasionally or to help clear the dishes after a session at someone’s home. These little things do not go unnoticed.

8. They want to join for one reason only – to write a book. They are not taking part just to make new ‘’friends’’ and to socialise.

9. They have confidence in their ability to be creative. Confidence is not egotism. You want your fellow co-writers to feel comfortable enough to be able to share their work with others; to provide helpful and sensitive feedback and to contribute to discussion. The last thing you want is for someone to be sitting mute in a corner.

10. They are team players. If someone gives off a ‘’bossy’’ vibe, or tends to talk over people or smirk or roll their eyes at others’ suggestions - best to suggest that they write their own book.

Next post we give you 10 ways to get going right now. Until then, download a copy of Group Fiction today!

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The three of us wrote two successful  novels with two other collaborators.


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The Painted Sky (2015, Penguin Random House)

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At first we couldn’t believe that The Painted Sky was written by five people - it reads seamlessly, and the characters and storylines are so vividly realised.”

--Beverley Cousins, Fiction Publisher at Random House Australia.

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