Co-authoring a screenplay or a book can be a great way to combine your strengths and skills with someone else's to create a successful project. However, it can also come with its own unique set of challenges. Here are 5 tips to help make the process as smooth and successful as possible.

1. Choose the right partner

Choose someone who shares your vision for the book, has complementary skills and strengths, and who you can communicate well with. Once you’ve decided who you want to see as a partner, get a TEAM version of Story Architect and open access to your project. The co-author will get an invitation via e-mail.

2. Divide and conquer

Divide up the writing tasks based on each person's strengths and workload, and establish a clear process for reviewing and editing each other's work. If you want to split parts of the story that each of you are working on, you can regulate it in your TEAM STARC project: share only those documents (episodes, chapters, etc.) that your co-author might need.

3. Communicate regularly and openly

Make sure you have regular check-ins and are open with each other about progress, challenges, and ideas. In TEAM projects you can see in real time what your co-author is doing with the text. Also, you can freely communicate in the comment section inside of the project, suggesting better solutions.

4. Be flexible and open to feedback

Be willing to make changes and revisions based on feedback from your co-author and other readers. Check out new notes and corrections in your project so that both of you are on the same page.

5. Use technology to your advantage

Utilize other STARC tools to collaborate and share work, such as cloud projects that you can have access to any time from any device. This can be useful in case you or your co-author needs urgent advice on a brand new idea.

Co-authoring a screenplay or a book can be a rewarding and successful experience with the right planning, communication, and collaboration. Story Architect is here for you to make this process smooth and effective.

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