As a writer, you might think that your job role is quite a solitary one. After all, you research, write and then you publish. Who else might there be in the process? Collaboration for content writers isn’t always at the forefront of your mind.
I’m part of a writers group on Facebook. This one is for novel writers, called 20 Books to 50k. But that’s by the by. What struck me was a post by two sisters on it the other day. They have been writing novels together for some time now. I decided to investigate collaboration for content writers.
If you are a writer then you have your won ideas about the way you work. The words that end up on the page are your own. They talk for you or the client you have been paid to write for. Collaboration for content writers means that there is at least one more mind adding to the content.
Let’s take a look at what it could mean in more detail.
Putting your words on the page is one thing. Having them moved around by someone else is quite another thing altogether. The first step when writing with someone else is absolute trust in each other. I guess that’s where the sisters were so successful. they talked about making a stack of cash from their novels because they were able to write quickly, build a fanbase and then push each other. As I said, trust is at the core of that.
So, you need to find someone you can work with. But, of course, it’s about more than that. Writing with someone else can get out of hand. You need a solid structure at the core of everything you are doing. If one of you goes off-tangent then the other can reel them back in. Before that happens, you both need to know what ‘off-tangent’ actually looks like. Each piece of work should be clearly defined so you know what you want to acheive. This keeps the writing tight where it could get loose.
I would probably say that there has to be one person in the collaboration for content writers group who has the final say. This is simply so that the work can get finished and signed off. Otherwise you might end up in a stalemate situation where both sides don’t want to make any changes. If you are writing for money then none gets generated until the work is complete. So, someone has to make that final decision and get the cash rolling in.