Writing as a team of likeminded friends is fun and effective. Members complement each other. When one loses enthusiasm, others cheer that person up. However, when collaborative Writing fails, it becomes bitter. Even the most unfortunate divorce will not come at par with it. Unfortunately, surveys show that one among every 12 collaborative attempts is short-lived. As it is said, every individual is unique. One among the team may not be a good team player. And not all teams are fated to succeed. Even then, doing these things will help you ensure success as a team of writers.
- Be careful when choosing your partner
You may have a best writer friend. But don’t expect that relationship to succeed as a working partnership. You have to choose a Partner who complements and challenges you at the same time. You should be able to depend on your partner in the instance of you going back on your expectations. The person should give priority to professional commitments to personal obligations, at least during working hours. Yes, a person who loves you with all your faults may not necessarily be your best writing partner. Such a friend will be reluctant to criticize you for the fear of offending or hurting you.
- Define and divide responsibilities
How do you plan the collaboration to work? Would you let everyone write the chapters of a novel? Or would you divide roles among the members? Whatever is the situation, write down the roles of every member in clear terms. This will eliminate confusion. It is highly recommended that you entrust one aspect of the novel to one writer. For instance, ask someone to write the scenery while you write the dialogs. Someone may edit and modify as per comments while the other person may supervise the entire thing. The supervisor should make sure that every chapter flows seamlessly to the next.
- Decide a turnaround time and maintain it strictly
Prepare a timetable and a deadline for every section. There should be also a time for you to discuss the progress. See to it that there exists an open communication among the teammates. This will help you discuss all the possibilities and decide what will interest the readers most.
- Use version control to your advantage
Make sure that every member of your team knows how to get the most recent version of the draft the team is preparing. This will enable every member to refer to that document in the instance of a dispute. You may be sharing file from a centralized system or using any other platform for the purpose. Whatever it is, a human being has to decide the finished piece. There is no guarantee that all members will agree to the revision. You may have to modify the piece to incorporate suggestions and comments. And the absence of the most recent version of a draft will create chaos.
Above all, have faith in your creative self. Learn to accept criticism gracefully and be open to changes.
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