When writing as a two-man team, the duo is presented with a myriad of challenges.
(1) Who is the main writer?
(2) Who has the last say for direction?
(3) Who is responsible for the plot?
(4) Who is responsible for character development?
(5) Who is the primary researcher?
Well, you get the drift. For anyone on the outside, it may seem that it’s all about control or knowing your place. Who is Thing 1 and who’s Thing 2? For those of us on the inside, who are experiencing great success as a two-man writing team, it has nothing at all to do with control.
The two-man team must be interchangeable. As team mates, we must be both a great leader and a humble follower. When one of the team is off on a great muse, the other comes along side and shores up any holes that exist. They enable the other to excel. In this way, the team ends up with an awesome product.
In order to be effective in team writing, it’s so important to understand the gift mix of each member of the team. Applying this principle has been the biggest factor in our success as a writing team. For us, we celebrate the fact that one of us is great at research and the other is great at story telling.
When you understand and honor the gift mix of your team, you get an awesome product. Oh, and a by-product of celebrating each others gift is having a blast while working!
We are living proof of this. Check out our book, What She Knew, and you will see for yourself.