Sarah Ballance: My Writing Twin

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As a rule, writing is a lonely profession. Yes, our characters tend to get in there and take over and sometimes while sitting by myself at a computer I feel like I’m shouting unheard into a rowdy room, but if I shake off the crazy, I’m definitely sitting solo. There’s no one at the next desk over. There’s no one with whom I can split the work. No divvying the pile. No complaining about the bossman. Just…me.

Only…not really. Not anymore.

I’m a few years into the game and I’ve usually had a closest writing pal, if you will. Someone who understands the addiction—and the occasional struggle—to get the words down. Someone with whom I trade chapters and ideas. A sounding board. Sanity. But priorities shift. Sometimes words escape. Every now and then, I find I’m a little lost. A little alone. But seriously? Probably never again, because the utterly improbable happened.

I met my author twin.

Exaggeration? Not by much. We write for the same publisher. We have a couple of editors in common. We have the historical genre in common and we shared the common goal of going contemporary. And to that end, within 24 hours of her landing a contemporary series, I got one, too. Then she landed a book on another imprint on which I had already published. Long story short, in a random what-just-happened-here kind of thing, we ended up with books or contracted books on the exact same three imprints. Our upcoming releases alternate mine-then-hers-then-mine-then-hers like they were put that way on purpose—10 of them in the next 13 months. We write about the same number of words per day–about 2,500 of them. We tend to email one another at the exact same time.

We’re just…weird.

But we also have the same deadlines to the same editor, so when we commiserate, we do it right. And when we celebrate, we do that right, too. Generally speaking, it’s hard to be productive when you’re talking about what you’re doing instead of doing it, but my twin and I…yeah, we get it done. And writing has never, ever been more amazing than this.

So, unnamed-for-your-privacy writing twin, you rock so hard. You make this already unbelievably blessed phase of my writing life even better. A year ago I wouldn’t have said that was possible, but here you are. Making it better than I ever thought it could be. I really can’t thank you enough, but what I should say is, dude, get back to work.

You have a deadline.

So do I.

We roll like that.

Everyone should be so lucky.

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Sarah Ballance is a multi-published author of contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense. She’s been married to her own romantic hero for what he calls a “long, long time” (and no, he’ll never hear the end of saying that). Together they have six children … and clearly too much time on their hands. She currently writes for Entangled Publishing.

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12 Responses

  1. Maggi Andersen

    You’re so lucky Sarah. Writing is a lonely business most of the time.

    • Sarah Ballance

      It is. I count my lucky stars every day. It doesn’t get any better than this. 🙂

    • Sarah Ballance

      It’s amazing. And ridiculous. But mostly amazing, LOL.

  2. Barbara Monajem

    Wow, a writing twin sounds awesome–although I think I would feel a bit pressured to always keep in step, so to speak. I’m awed that you can write 2.5K a day. I range anywhere from zero to 4K, usually on the lower side.

    • Sarah Ballance

      It’s a good kind of pressure…sooo motivating. And the deadlines are what makes the word counts. I can wallow for days without doing anything measurable, but when a book is due I have no choice. I trade sleep for coffee, and BAM. LOL.

    • Sarah Ballance

      It is SUCH a blessing. We creep me out, I swear. LOL.

    • Sarah Ballance

      And she’d better know it! LOL! (She’s probably hiding, hoping I never find her house. We’d be scary IRL.)

    • Sarah Ballance

      I’m so glad for you guys, Sandra. Talk about a lucky lightning strike! 🙂