Besides writing, one of my enjoyments is learning something new. This past weekend, I ran into a couple of articles from Writer’s Digest about collaborative writing. I had never considered the concept, but thought it quite interesting. You can read the articles here and here.
Right off the bat I could see how writing with a partner could be beneficial – finish a story in half the time, quicker editing, someone to bounce ideas off of. The list could go on and on. But there could be a downside too. What if my partner and I disagree on the direction of the story or something else significant?
As mentioned in the article, to prevent disagreements from happening, it’s best to discuss potential hiccups upfront and decide what course of action should they arise. That’s certainly a good idea. In addition, it may be good to find a neutral party or writing group to run things by. Overall, I think collaborative writing can be a positive experience, but the partner should be selected wisely.
What do you think about collaborative writing? If you have collaborated with someone, what was your experience?