Over the past few months I have been working on an exciting new writing project, and I am so excited about the end result.
Tortured Minds is a new book that is the compilation of three very different authors: Grant Leishman, Colin Griffiths and myself. Three authors who have never met before face to face, who live in completely different geographies, and all have very different writing styles; we simply built a connection via social media through our mutual love of writing and respect for each other’s work.
Had you asked me when I started, would this work? I simply would have shrugged my shoulders. It was an idea, a whim that myself and two other authors made a joke about, thought why the heck not, and we gave it a go.
Now the three of us have finished something that I can confidently say we are all proud to be publishing.
So what have I learned from this experience?
Passion makes anything possible
All three of us are passionate about writing, about telling stories and about being heard as independent authors. This was a very new genre for me, and for some of it I felt initially very uncomfortable. However, I didn’t want to let anyone down, and I was passionate about proving to myself that I could do this. What got me through was a passion for the project and for my co-authors who continued to inspire me with their creativity.
Different is good
When you write on your own you can create your own rules and rigor around how you write and what your story entails. Working with two other authors could have easily ended in tears and tantrums, and worse case the end of a friendship. We survived it. Of course we had our difference of opinions, each of us would debate our points, and I learned very quickly that I need to demonstrate more flexibility in my writing, especially when collaborating with others. It was a learning process for all of us, and all three of us came out of this project with a better appreciation of each other, and our own abilities.
No author is perfect
We are all learning, every day, and not one of us is ever perfect. There are always opportunities to learn and improve, and this is how I approached this particular project. My fellow authors are not my competition; they are my mentors and coaches. Each time I read a new book, it makes me think differently about my writing and my ideas. I entered this project not knowing what would come out of it, but that was part of the fun. At the end, whether this book succeeds or not, I have become a different author; and so it is a win-win for me!
I am sure that my co-authors will agree that this has certainly been a valuable experience, and that they too have learned a lot from this journey.
Tortured Minds is now available for pre-sale on Kindle, it is a psychological paranormal thriller, from three different storytellers imaginations.