Have you ever written with other people?
I don’t mean in the same room all quietly chipping away at your individual writing — I mean have you ever collaborated during the creation phase, writer’s room-style where you’re together breaking the story, pitching ideas, fleshing out characters, and debating storylines on a shared project?
If you have done this, how did it go? What worked, what didn’t? What are the pros and cons? What did you learn about yourself?
If you haven’t written on a team, does that writing process interest you? How do you imagine it would go? What’s your ideal collaborative writing experience?
Under the right circumstances and with the right people for me, creative collaboration is my happiest happy place.
Last week, I release two podcast episodes about writing collaboratively (specifically writing scripted audio fiction collaboratively). I hope these conversations offer windows into two different collaborative writing processes, including what we learned, and tips for other writers who might want to try that approach.
As you’ll hear in both episodes, there are many important ingredients for successful collaboration, including a clear process and goals, flexibility around story, and a general abundance mentality.
Collaborative writing is not the best option for all projects or for all people. However, when a writing team clicks, projects move with great speed and certainty, and participants maximize their strengths and grow in the areas in which they are less proficient. Also, creating together can be incredibly joyful, inspirational, and just plain fun.
I’ll include the links below if you’d like to listen. I’d love to hear what you think and what your experience has been.
(Transcripts available upon request. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org)
132: Collaborative Writing 1: Jesus Pancake
133: Collaborative Writing 2: The Last Glacier Hotel
Wishing you all the best, and ever grateful for you,