Writing partnerships are like marriages. They can continue in bliss or end up in bitter divorce.
by Steve Kaire
Working with a writing partner can either reduce your workload by half or create twice the headaches.
A well chosen partner is a valuable lightning rod to create and bounce ideas off. That person’s strengths can balance your weaknesses. There has to be a meeting of the minds on critical issues before a partnership is undertaken.
Your friendship may be over as well.
There’s a list of questions that have to be answered before both parties make the final commitment to work together:
– Do your writing styles mesh rather than conflict?
– Do you have personalities that work well together under pressure?
– Can you both invest the amount of time required from inception of the script to the ultimate marketing of the material?
– How will major disagreements be resolved when you reach an impasse?
– Will you be doing an equal amount of work and splitting the money equally or will there be some other kind of financial split?
– And if you do go your separate ways at any point, who does the material belong to?
All these questions and potential pitfalls should be discussed and agreed to in a written contract form before any partnership is entered into.
– Steve Kaire
[box] Steve Kaire is a Screenwriter/Pitchman who’s sold 8 projects to the major studios without representation. The last project he sold, he’s Co-Producing for Walden Media. A screenwriter for over 30 years, he holds a Masters in Dramatic Writing and has taught writing classes at the American Film Institute.
Steve was featured on the Tonight Show’s, “Pitching to America” and was voted a Star Speaker at Screenwriters Expo three years in a row. His top rated CD, “High Concept – How to Create, Pitch & Sell to Hollywood” is a best seller. You can find his website here.[/box]