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Collaboration: There’s more to it than you think.

August 25, 2015

A single word–collaboration–and its Webster’s definition, cannot possible encompass the width and breadth of possibilities, especially in a real-time joint writing project undertaken by two writers on two continents with widely divergent backgrounds.

The project came to be under unique circumstances, a conference of like-minded individuals sharing a love and fascination with Antarctic history. A brief four days in Scotland, attended by sixty or so from around the world. I took notes during the opening introductions, to make sure I had a chance to talk with everyone with whom I shared a more detailed interest.

Brad Borkan introduced himself, with a few words about his desire to talk with those who shared his interest in decision-making under pressure, in extreme environments. In Antarctica. Later I made sure we had a chance to chat. That conversation led to another and another, and over the course of the few days we all spent in Craobh Haven, Brad and I cooked up a plan to write a book together.

Four months have passed. We have the overall structure of the book, an introduction and a couple of chapters, a plan to get it all before an agent and then a publisher. We communicate by email and the occasional skype and telephone conversation.

Now, the point about collaboration: we have a similar dedication to the goal. It does involve a good bit of work, this writing and critiquing, scheduling the talks, responding to the insights and queries, but it is evident from this long-distance collaboration, that we are each devoting an approximately equal measure of energy and time. And desire to see the project through.

This between two people who, before their chance meeting, did not know each other.

Will the project take hold, find its agent and publisher, find its way to the bookshelves of business and airport retailers? That remains to be seen, of course.

But the process is immensely rewarding.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Rea Jo Waldo permalink
    August 26, 2015 5:19 am

    Looking forward to the collaboration, interesting idea how decisions are made in any situation.

  2. August 26, 2015 6:19 am

    Thank you. Work on the book continues at a lively pace, but there is still much to be done before it’s ready for consideration by publishers. The collaboration itself is very invigorating. –DH

  3. August 27, 2015 9:28 am

    Well said!!!!! Bring that collaboration home, like when U get an Em from a local, me, pls take a minute 2 gv Ur opinion. It would b greately appreciated, ’cause I do value Ur opinion.

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