Someone asked me about this the other day.
In a word, no. Just…no. Or maybe…hell no.
I realize that in the indie space, that’s the thing right now. The idea is that if writers pool their efforts, they can crank out even more volume…Get more Kindle Unlimited page reads!
Some successful indie writers have even become James Patterson-like book packagers, whereby they are hiring other writers to write in their “universes”.
As we used to say in the 1980s, gag me with a spoon.
Or: sorry, not for me. If I wanted to work in committees, I would have stayed in the corporate world.
Sometimes collaboration is a necessary evil. Some art forms require groups by their very nature. For example, try to start a rock band by yourself, just you and your drum kit. It can’t be done.
But if a committee isn’t a necessary evil, why would you want to subject your creative process to that? My cousin’s boyfriend is an ex-member of a very successful rock band from the 1990s, and he’s told me about the challenges of dealing with bandmates.
Why would anyone want to bring that into their writing?
Writing stories and novels is a one-person venture. At least it is for me…