Writing a book is not an easy task. You may think that adding another author will alleviate half of the work, but co-writing a book does come with challenges as well. You need to be able to work through your differences and comprise. I was lucky to have an amazing co-author for my book, but we also followed the below guidelines to ensure the process was enjoyable and productive.
Brainstorm together: Before you begin writing, brainstorm with your writing partner. You will feed off each other’s ideas and it is a great exercise to start the project. This is the time when you and your co-author can let out all your ideas, no matter how crazy they are. You shouldn’t limit your ideas or reject your partner’s ideas during this stage. It will give you both a chance to get your ideas heard and get your creative juices flowing.
Keep an open mind: Along the same lines as the previous tip, remember to keep an open mind. You and your co-author are bound to have different opinions—that’s the point of writing with someone else. You cannot successfully co-author a book if you hold on to the notion that your ideas are better. Respect each other’s creative differences and the final product will be a blend of each person’s best ideas.
Make sure you are both on the same page: Aside from that wonderful pun, it is a good piece of advice. You will need to communicate often during the writing process. You want to ensure that you are both headed in the same direction instead of writing two different books.
Be consistent: Every writer has his or her own voice and writing style, but you will need to work with your co-author to ensure that these elements remain consistent throughout your book. It would be jarring for the reader if the writing style and voice constantly shift.
Be mindful when choosing another author with whom you will write your book. Not everyone will make a great writing duo. Once you do find a great partner, let the fun begin! You will have someone to share the good and the bad with and hopefully in the end you will have a well-written book and better relationship with your writing partner.