ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Writing Partners

Updated on February 14, 2013

The Agreement

Handshakes bind
Handshakes bind

Getting Started

Contemplating becoming a writing team? There are things to know. Start with what are you both bringing to the table? What are you both hoping to get out of it? Do you both understand the work it requires?

I have taken on this challenge. My best friend from childhood and I are going to attempt to write a novel. Our lives are both rich in the backgrounds we’ve had and the things we have done. I am a published author. My friend is not.

The first thing we did was create a pen-name. This will be different for me, writing under an assumed name. I have always written under my own name. It is a novel experience and I am warming to the idea.

The idea we are working with belongs to my writing partner. The characters are from her imagination. I have to meet them and learn about them. It is very different for me. My characters grow in my imagination and become my friends. And yes, I do argue with them. On good days they let me win.

Not only do the characters come from my partner’s imagination, the entire premise for the story-line is hers. Both of us have done some research on what we are writing about: the where it all takes place, the when, the how, and the logistics. We are certain to take a road trip at some point as we want to be as accurate in our telling as possible.

Did I mention we are writing about a real place? While the characters and storyline are strictly from the imagination, the location is real. The location and its history are a huge part of our story.

Who will write what? How is that determined? In our case we have each taken one of the main characters to write about. I have to learn one character and how she interacts with others. It will be interesting.

My partner is the creative genius, I am just the wordsmith. Together we are hoping to have a mystery tale which will be a smashing success. Do we have more to work with down the road? Oh, yes.

We need a contract on how royalties will be divided with each other and the publishing company. We need to know who gets paid in case we are deceased. We need to work out book signings. Who will we be? Will we be together? How are we going to present our writing presence in the public?

Most importantly, we need to get down to the actual writing. I am hoping we will start in a couple of weeks is just that. I want to see this book start to come to life. The first three pages have been written for a year. We need to move or give it up. I am not one who likes to give up, but I am one who will move to something different while waiting.

Stay tuned to this hub site to see how we fare. Will we make it as a writing team? Will we still be friends? Will the novel get written? These will be the burning questions. Baby steps to completion.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Duchessoflilac1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecka Vigus 

      6 years ago from Nancy KY

      You got it.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      We sure will, and you do the same!

    • Duchessoflilac1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecka Vigus 

      6 years ago from Nancy KY

      Need some time to work on our book. Let me know When you two get your work done.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Wow! we have so much in common! Kathy and Karen, the identical two work together on writing! I would love to read the finished book you and your friend are writing!

    • Duchessoflilac1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecka Vigus 

      6 years ago from Nancy KY

      Thank you Diana. We'll see how it goes. I will hub about our progress or lack thereof. It should be interesting to say the least.

    • Diana Lee profile image

      Diana L Pierce 

      6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      I wish you loads of success. Voted up.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)