This video lesson starts with James Patterson talking about Co-authoring:
“Some people, they’re not comfortable with this idea of a co-author or collaborating. And they think it’s a much bigger deal than it is. So here is what I have to say to those people.
- Lennon and McCartney,
- Simon and Garfunkel,
- Stephen King and Peter Straub,
- Rodgers and Hammerstein,
- Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child,
- Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld,
- Gilbert and Sullivan,
- Woodward and Bernstein,
- Joel and Ethan Coen,
- Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
What’s great about working with co writers is that you got two talents. Collaboration is a good thing. I know we have this thing about the American- we go out and do everything ourselves.- And that’s okay. But collaboration is really good. Combining strength is really good.”
As you can guess, this week’s video lesson is about Co-authoring. I can bet that most everyone reading knows that James Patterson uses co-authors.
Which in my mind means he works well with others.
In this video, we hear from two of Mr. Patterson’s co-writers. Well, I can hear it. If you want to, click the link (the one with James Patterson’s face on it) at the top to the left and check out the classes.
You will hear what James Patterson looks for in a co-writer. One hint: They have to be able to write in the character’s voice. This is only common sense. If you are writing your own series, you will need to keep the voice consistent.
When James Patterson is collaborating with his co-writers on his books, “he knows where he is going. He knows what he wants. And, he knows it when he sees it.”
I am given a PDF with this weeks lesson. I can check out the video question and answer section. And, yes! I can ask Mr. Patterson a question through this class.
When looking for a co- writer talk to them. Make sure you are both on the same page.