MY WRITER’S JOURNAL – Oct. 12/17 – Co-Writers

A funny thing happened to me on the weekend. One of my writer friends put  out a challenge to write a story based on a book title The Thinner. Another friend answered the challenge by starting a horror story and offered a challenge of her own to keep the story going. Just for fun, I answered the challenge and spent the weekend, between Thanksgiving festivities, checking my mail to see if she’d responded to my latest efforts. Neither of us had any idea where the story would take us. We just waited to see what the other had written and sent a quick response. By Tuesday we were both getting off on this fun challenge and decided to continue. We set up a document and now we’re emailing back and forth, (She’s in New Hampshire. I’m in Ontario.) offering ideas and feedback to each other.  It’s like a game of tennis. Back and forth we go across the country.

Horror is certainly not my usual genre of choice. But it is nice to just sit down and write whatever comes into my head without thinking about the big picture. Although, having said that, the big picture is making itself known as we get deeper into the story. And isn’t that the joy of writing?  In less than a week, we have 30 pages. Certainly better than what I could have done alone. It’s a good lesson in how to approach my own novel.

Neither of us know where this will all lead, and that doesn’t matter. It’s just a fun approach to writing.


  • Nancy Broadley

    Ohhh I love this post my friend. Sometimes as writers we feel so alone in our craft, so disconnected…and this type of writing allows us to share and learn and to laugh. It also bring us another perspective, giving us insights to what we may not have thought of…challenging us to think outside of the box. I believe this exercise creates in us a desire to be better writers, to communicate more effectively and to see the field of possibilities in front of us. Thank you for sharing.

    October 12, 2017 at 3:16 pm Reply
    • Gillian Andrews

      Yes Nancy, this exercise has challenged me in ways I never expected, perhaps even ways I need. I think it makes a huge difference to work with someone who is as open and flexible as you my friend.

      October 13, 2017 at 8:14 am Reply

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