You can’t imagine! Surprising things happened in writing our book. One of those things was we forgot ourselves.
Sure, a lot of writers will lose themselves in composing a book, however, we left our short-term memory at the beach! We wrote the original book fairly quickly and edited each chapter as we went along. Our process in writing was that we would discuss basic highlights of each chapter’s story line together, then either Rebecca or I was responsible for writing that entire chapter, usually one every week or so. We took turns depending on our schedules and our overwhelming desire to author a particular chapter. After we would write it, we would email it to the other for initial reactions and editing. Next, after we finished all the chapters, we combined them and re-edited them while writing a companion piece which attempts to enhance the personal individual experience, chapter by chapter, for readers. Here’s the unanticipated thing: sometimes we couldn’t remember who had written which chapter! Really! The process was so seamless, our writing styles were so alike, our vocabulary so similar that we would argue playfully over who had written what and would have to refer to our initial emails to gather the evidence to uncover which one of us had actually created that piece. It continually makes us laugh. Even when we’re editing we’ll come up with the same wording. I don’t know that we can read each other’s thoughts, but, still…. You can’t make this stuff up!