Co-writing a work of fiction with another author:
For those how are involved in the industry, how does this approach work in reality?
Do authors take ‘turns’, writing a chapter each, a section each, a paragraph each? Or does one member do the vast bulk of the writing and the other is there to bounce ideas off and change storylines etc… Would the former approach not lead to a slightly different tone or structure to each section written by a different author?
Or is the process run like a committee – they have brainstorming meetings where ideas are thrashed out and agreement reached on the best direction to take the story, the best language to describe it, the best method to include jokes / puns etc. If so, are the ideas then arrived at on paper – also by agreement - word by word or paragraph by paragraph? In a ‘normal’ (single author) novel where prose and style is important it would seem that this shared input of the ‘overall vision’ of the novel would act to lessen it, to compromise the grand, overall, idea.
In sure it is different for each and every collaboration (Pratchett & Gaimon, King & Straub etc…) but, In general, how does the creative process work in co-authoring?