In honor of the release of Toto’s Tale, I thought I would write something about my experience working with a partner. I’m hardly an expert on the subject. Toto’s Tale is my first partner project since I was assigned to write a paragraph with the long-haired boy in my creative writing class in 1983.
Even today, I still remember how we fussed over that paragraph, and kept discussing and refining our words until we had it just right. The finished product was much stronger than anything either of us would have written on our own. But working closely with a partner on a paragraph is one thing-–working together on an entire novel is something else.