Anonymous asked: A friend and I have decided to start working on a screenplay together. I’ve never written something with someone before and was wondering if you had any advice for writing with another person?
Writing with another person can be an amazing, rewarding experience, but it can also be tricky and sometimes frustrating. First some tips from my own experience, and then some links to tips from other writers.
1. Figure Out a Game Plan - sit down together before you start writing to figure out how you want to proceed. Figure out when, where, and how you’re going to write, and decide on a budget for supplies. Be sure to hammer out your plans for the future, so that you know what’s next after you finish your screenplay.
2. Set-Up a Schedule and Projected Timeline - it helps a lot if you can schedule a time when you’re going to work on your project together. It doesn’t have to be the same time every day/week, but you should decide at least a week in advance what days and times you’re going to meet. Also, talk about cancellations so you’re not creating tension if something unexpected comes up and someone has to skip a meeting. The projected timeline will help keep you on target so that you are working toward a finishing date.
3. Flesh Out the Details in Advance - before you start writing, have a major brainstorming session and figure out the details of your plot, characters, world, etc. in advance. It’s important to get yourselves on the same page with everything so that you’re not stepping on each other’s toes later on.
4. Be Patient and Choose Your Battles - No matter how much you work out in advance, there are going to be points when you do step on each other’s toes. Try to be patient and understanding when that happens. If the other person insists on something out-of-line with what you’d planned or personally imagined, don’t make a fuss about it unless it is really and truly something that you can’t live with changing. Being open-minded and flexible will help keep things running smoothly.
Tips for Collaborating with Other Authors
Lily Herne’s Top Tips for For Writing Collaboratively
How to Collaborate — and How Not To