Four writers are gathered around a small table at our favorite geek themed cafe, and I’m explaining the plan to co-author a sci-fi novel with my husband. A fun and interesting woman I’ve just met starts to scrunch up her face and wring her hands in dismay. But why?
“I just don’t think that’s a good idea,” she explains.
“It’s not the first time we’ve worked together,” I respond.
“It just seems like too important of a relationship to put that kind of stress on.”
My other friends watch our interaction with amusement. I’m waiting for one of them to interject on my behalf, when I realize they’re enjoying this conversation way too much to interfere.
“I agree that it’s the most important relationship I have, but my husband and I collaborate on projects all the time. We’ve learned how to do it without fighting, mostly.”
Out of mercy, or because he’s grown bored with the conversation, the gentleman sitting directly across from me changes the subject to the problems that exist when you write about time-travel, which happens to be a main theme in my proposed project.
The truth is, Travis and I still haven’t worked out the problematic time-travel aspect of our sci-fi collaboration, but now we’re working on a different project instead. I hope we’ll revisit Wolfy’s story soon, but for now, he’s on the shelf.
A lot of people have asked me, “What is it like to co-author with your husband?”
If I’m being honest, it’s great. Sometimes I get into a writing rut, where I’m like a fact typing robot, and it starts to ruin the manuscript. Enter Travis. His fresh approach and great sense of humor bring something that was lacking to the work. He also helps me to wring the confusion out of my sentences. In general, I don’t like writing non-fiction. I only do it when I feel like God has been pressing me to write on a specific subject. So it’s nice that I can hand him a chunk of text, take a break, and he adds things and fixes problems while deciding the best way to move forward. I kill the passive voice in his stuff, he deletes unnecessary words from mine, and we keeping going.
I know writing with your spouse isn’t for everyone, but it seems to work for us. At least I think it works. I guess we’ll find out for sure when the first serial of “Holy Sex Reboot” comes out sometime around January.