Now, Writing is for Extroverts too

When my wife proposed writing a novel together a few years ago, I was initially resistant but not for the most obvious reasons. I wasn’t worried about our ability to work together. I wasn’t even worried about whether we could actually produce a good novel. We had decades of writing experience between us, mostly as reporters for small and mid-sized newspapers around the world. We had a wall full of awards saying we knew how to write.

What I was afraid of was the isolation I associated with writing long fiction pieces. I am one of an unusual breed: a writer who also is an…