The collaborative novel: Are two (or more!) heads better than one?

Co-authors Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite on the pleasures and practicalities of writing a book with a friend.

Let's say you and a friend have an idea for a great novel. How would you actually go about writing it — together?.

Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite have some practical advice. The co-authors behind War of the Encyclopaedists join guest host Gill Deacon to discuss how collaborative fiction really works, and why two (or more!) heads might be better than one.

"When we start writing in 'the voice' — the combined voice — it comes together," says Kovite, who compared collaborative writing to being in a band. 

"It's hard to know who wrote what sentence," adds Robinson.