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Old 12-22-2009, 03:16 AM   #1
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Question Looking for that great writing partner?

Hi there!

Having a good writing partnership is no easy thing, so I thought to start this thread to discuss what makes a good team.

I have collaborated on some projects recently and have found it tons of fun, but encountered lots of challenges with synchronizing schedules, managing expectations, division of work, difference in voice and general style, work habits...

I think that all the challenges faced by a writing partnership arrangement can be overcome and is well worth the effort. It can be like a booster shot for creativity, a fantastic learning experience, help build confidence, and did I mention super fun?

So, lets get started. What comments, questions, or experiences have you had with writing partnerships?

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Old 12-22-2009, 05:57 AM   #2
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Every time I've gotten to collaborate with another writer it's been a lot of fun. The only problems have been in relation to dividing the work equally, and persevering through conflicting views.

In my view, authors are by nature solitary creatures, and they tend to find it difficult to work together.

Still, I do love that extra set of eyes and brains to help the story attain greater heights than could be achieved alone.

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Old 12-23-2009, 07:05 AM   #3
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I have had the same experiences in some of my projects. I tried lots of different ways to make the division of work more fun and productive. For example, last time we did the work in chunks, like a chapter every two week based on an agreed outline and deadline.
We bounced chapters back and forth taking turns rewriting, but it was agreed ahead of time who would do the final rewrite of each chapter to avoid unity of voice and style issues. We also divided the character building responsibility and had fun with it as we found ways to interact our character in the story.

It helped to have as much research work done before the first draft started (character profiles, storyboards, plot points and scene descriptions,...).

What have you guys tried?
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:56 PM   #4
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I once wrote a fantasy novel with a partner three states away. It was enlightening and eye opening to say the least. We at least had the plot all hammered out and had divided it up into two teams. We'd alternate chapters. Hers were always better polished. Our writing styles didn't mesh well either. I've always had a tendency to write in short sentences that were pretty much point black and to the point. She would spend more time on her words. Where I'd say "Joe looked down." She'd write "The canvas of the world spread before him as Joe looked down into the mouth of the earth."

Or something like that. Well, nothing like that - - but you get the point
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This isn't something I've tried, but I could see a partnership working well where one person has the great voice and storytelling flare and the other loves research and can always be counted on for accuracy and verisimilitude.

I imagine there are numerous ways a partnership could work, but it seems like it'd be difficult to mesh styles with different folks writing different scenes (maybe less noticeable, or more acceptable, if each wrote different POV characters).
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We tried that one too, GoblinWriter.

It was an enjoyable experiment. I wish I still had the document laying around here somewhere though. Some of my friend's POV scenes were pretty sweet. She had that eye for detail and the woman's touch for sure. In a couple of scenes you could almost feel the wind hitting your face!
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Old 01-01-2010, 08:07 AM   #7
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It can be really challenging finding a compatible writing partner. Maybe there should be some type of matching service that sets up writing profiles then puts people together.

What you think?
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Writers tend to be staunch individualists, so I reckon a service like that would probably crash and burn within the first few months.

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Old 01-02-2010, 07:53 AM   #9
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Sad, but I agree. If only more people knew that writing with a partner can be so much fun. You can explore writing in a different genre and the creativity potential is amazing. It can be like a role playing game where your characters interact with your partner's characters as you both explore the plot outline.

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