Collaboration

Does anyone out there work together with another writer? If you do, what are your methods?

Here are the ones I’ve heard about. Some collaborators do a chapter apiece, then turn the story over to the next partner to do the next chapter. (These are sometimes extended to round-robin stories involving lots of authors, with unpredictable results.) Some each take a character, they discuss their differing points of view, and work together on the writing. Sometimes they’ll go according to inspiration, with whoever feels most attached to the next scene doing the actual typing in. Sometimes one writes, the other comes up with ideas and new directions and generally directs.

How well do these methods work? Is it easy to find someone to work with? I used to think a friend of mine would be a great collaborator. I was good at characterization and worldbuilding, he was good at plotting and historical accuracy, so our strengths heterodyned. It didn’t happen for lots of reasons, including a vast difference in our working rates and methods.

So what works for you?

Word Count: 2617
Other: Sick 😦

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. todaysfreelancer
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 12:31:22

    I occasionally work with other writers on larger projects. Not with fiction – but with non-fiction works and websites.

    It isn’t hard to find someone else to work with, however, it can be difficult to get on the same page as far as style/voice are concerned.

    If you use a tool that allows for sharing of files and you both work with the same material, it makes for an easy way to overcome the problem. When you can always see what has been done, you’re much more likely to make your own work suit.

    If you need some recommendations on such tools, just ask, I can recommend a few.

    Cheers,
    Trevas

  2. asherose
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 09:26:35

    I’ve used Google Docs, which is probably similar to what you’re talking about. You’re right, it’s an excellent way to both edit something from a distance.

    Kathleen

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