Have you ever had to bring in a new writer to finish a project begun by someone else? Despite the changing logistics, you need to keep the momentum going, meet deadlines, and create a seamless piece of content.
Sound impossible? Nope, it’s entirely possible!
Next time, before you start hyperventilating, consider a few tips that will help you get a smooth transition and successful outcome.
- Provide the new writer with the same background information the original writer had, such as the creative brief, approved outline, meeting notes and recordings, supporting documents, and so forth.
- Meet with the new writer to review the creative brief, approved outline, and existing content. Allow them time to ponder the info and ask questions. Don’t gallop through this step!
- Expect that a writer worth their salt, and your budget, will insist on confirming the accuracy of any data or claims gathered by the previous writer.
- Understand that the new writer will need to blend the existing content with their new content so the end product is seamless; no rough trots when old meets new.
- Develop a schedule and budget that accommodate any additional review, research, or meetings the new writer will need to conduct in order to create a solid content piece.
- Make yourself and your SME available to answer questions that may arise as the new writer gets started.