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Is there an online tool which supports shared writing?

This sounds like Google Docs, perhaps combined with Trello (for the Kanban board and calendar view), would do for you. It's got live updating -- I don't think it tracks edits by author exactly, so ...
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How do we edit a novel that's written by several people?

The first step is to work out some style guidelines among yourselves. Agree on what style you want the finished product to follow. Because this is a project among friends rather than, say, a ...
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How to convert a roleplay into a book?

I would say yes, you can convert your roleplay into a novel. But it won't necessarily be easy. If you think you'll just be able to copy and paste your written roleplay session into a single document,...
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How to convert a roleplay into a book?

The previous answers have covered the major points, but there is one more, slightly more subtle issue with converting role play to fiction... the feelings of your role play players. Each of them is ...
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Is there an online tool which supports shared writing?

Only tool I can think of would be Google docs. You can have multiple people writing in a document at the same time and see where their cursor is, there is no color coding on who's typing by default. ...
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How can I make my roleplay sentences more interesting, and less lengthy?

I don't think length per se is a problem in your examples. It's more the monotony of the repeated three-part structure. Here some ideas for varying the structure. Varying Length and Structure. First,...
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How can you start writing multi-author collaborative book?

Outline the book so the work can be broken up and worked on in individual pieces. Use Google Docs with a shared folder (can be shared with specific Google users by user id) Those two things should ...
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How do we edit a novel that's written by several people?

I would recommend two rounds of edits, for each author. If the friends are A, B, C (Ariel, Bethany, Cindy) then: 1) First Round: A->B->C->A. Ariel makes edit notes for Bethany, Bethany makes edit ...
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How do I make a contract with multiple authors

Adapted from my answer to Can I self-publish a book on the Kindle store when I'm under 18? Absolutely, whenever you publish something with multiple authors—whether it's a collaboration or a work ...
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How can I make my roleplay sentences more interesting, and less lengthy?

I'll go ahead and do some examples, using yours. He leaned into her touch, watching her with a content smile on his face. rewrite: A content smile spread over his face as he leaned into her touch. ...
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With an introduction by

At my publishing company, we would ask well-known preachers to read our book then write something for the introduction or just a review for the back cover. I don't believe any of them were paid, but ...
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Are separate acknowledgements sections for co-authors odd?

I have heard of, and seen, such a thing—although I can't think of a specific book at the moment. It certainly doesn't seem odd at all, especially if each author does want to express themself ...
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How do big creative writing projects with multiple people work, preferably in the videogame industry?

I wrote all this before I understood that the desired focus was on video games specifically: I don't know a lot about story writing for video games or coding, but I do have experience with ...
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Copyrighting illustrations I paid to have created

According to copyright laws, the artist has the right to sell reprints of the art. It is important to know that copyright nearly always rests with the artist, regardless of who owns the artwork. ...
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How to convert a roleplay into a book?

There is a major difference between a roleplay and a novel, in their standard forms. A roleplay has many characters, each of them is the protagonist. In a roleplay nobody can overwhelm the other, it ...
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How to write a joint book with each writer writing a character?

I am currently publishing a comic series with a co-writer, and have worked with other writers as well. We always start with a general outline, so that both of us are in agreement regarding what ...
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Is there an online tool which supports shared writing?

Another alternative (if you are not afraid to use LaTeX) would be Overleaf. While a learning curve exists you can layout documents beautifully with it. I come from an engineering background where ...
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Is there a "writer's room" for poetry?

It's rare for multiple writers to be credited for a single poem, perhaps because poems are usually brief, and as close to pure self-expression as one gets in the world of writing. However this doesn'...
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Is there an online tool which supports shared writing?

Depending on your requirements, something more lightweight like etherpad might fit your needs. It offers basic formatting functionality like headings, bold and italic. It's very customizable and if ...
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Co-branding a book with a website

Although I don't have experience working with a publisher, “co-brand,” and author, I did work on the flip side of this as part of the publishing company/co-brand. We reprinted seven or eight books by ...
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How do writers keep track of the changes when working together?

If the file format of your word processor is text, such as docx files for MS Word, then you can use Git for document control. Using Github as a remote repository will enable multiple writers to ...
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How to identify your own so-called "darlings"?

When I write a "darling", it is the best line I can write. It fits my mood and my purpose. It pushes the lyric forward. It is deeply personal. There are some methods I use to address the ...
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Payment questions around joint publishing ebook over Kindle

If the amounts are small, and the relations between you are friendly, I'd think the simple solution would just be to have the amounts deposited in one bank account or the other, and then periodically -...
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Where can I look for a co-author?

You could try https://www.scribophile.com/. There are lots of writers on there and you may find someone who wants to work with you. However, I'm concerned about what you mean by 'co-authoring'. Co-...
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Shared worlds: are there any good collaborative sites out there?

What a fascinating concept, Larry! I fully realise that you're probably long past the need for a 'shared world story site' but nonetheless I decided to have a look for my own interest. After a lot of ...
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Where can I find people to collaborate with to edit/sell my work?

You probably won't want to hear this answer! But I think you need to learn to edit and sell your own work. There are hundreds of great writing and editing books out there and you need to devour them....
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Technical review process when using FrameMaker

Using code review tools on FM XML has a few drawbacks: You run the risk that programmers will want to change the XML code, rather than just the text. You'd have to use tooling to make the XML ...
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