Why Do Collaborative Book Writing?

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There are times in the life of a writer that you’ll hit a wall. Ideas pop up in your mind and you start writing a book yet, after several chapters you stop, because you’ve run out of words to say. Other writers will put aside the unfinished book and distance themselves from it for weeks, months or even years. Sometimes, they will start another book with a new topic, finish it and publish it. Afterwards, they will resume with the writing of the unfinished book. Some writers on the other hand, opt for collaborative book writing in order to finish a book as scheduled.

But what does collaborative book writing means?

Collaborative book writing means writing a book with two or more writers involved rather than individually. It can be done in two ways:

  • One author starts an idea then let another writer work on it when he/she hits a wall. The book will be passed on to another writer if there will be more than two writers in the project. Or, it will be returned to the first writer to continue. If he/she can’t still finish it then, the book will be turned over to the second writer again. The cycle goes on and on until the book is completely done.
  • Each writer in the book project will write a chapter or chapters for the topic that he/she knows or have experience with. The finished chapters will be compiled to form one book. For edits, deletions and rewrites – the writer of the chapter will take care of it.

Writing a book is a tedious work. Doing it solo is a lonely work because you only have your thoughts to keep you company. If you collaborate with other writers, the writing phase is less stressful and easier to accomplish. Yet, if one of the authors is not committed to the project, the chances of finishing it are very slim.

If you think that you are in the phase where writing a book on your own overwhelms you then, do a collaboration. Here are 5 benefits to collaborative book writing that can help you decide.

  1. Collaboration enhances your writing skills

With collaborative book writing, you can critique each others work and exchange ideas. It will encourage you to improve on your writing and gain writer friends.

  1. Collaborative book writing kills jealousy

Jealousy is a green monster that hounds writers, both new and seasoned ones. Collaboration will keep jealousy at bay because you are all working towards one goal, and that is, to finish and publish a book. There will be no race to win thus, there will be no competition.

  1. Collaboration builds relationships

When you help a fellow writer with his/her work, there’s a high probability that other writer will help you too. It can be as simple as sharing your post to other people, linking back to a post in your website, or promoting you or your work to their friends and relatives. Generosity pays off.

  1. Collaborative writing pushes deadlines

When you are collaborating with other writers you’ll be forced to meet deadlines. This causes you to write more and strictly follow a schedule which results to a good writing habit. And if you decide to write a book on your own, your good writing habit will help you reach your goals.

  1. Collaboration makes you a good literary citizen

As a writer, you can contribute to the literary society by reading the works of other writers. Buy books, share articles and/or subscribe to magazines. You are not just helping the society that you belong to – you are also learning something from other authors. You’ll never know, you might end up collaborating with them in the near future.

Collaborative book writing is a win for all involved in the project. Not just the writers but the editors and the publishers as well. Here you can find the help you need to start collaborative book writing.

 

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