Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Writing With A Partner

When I shelved my first spec, I began toying with the idea of working with a partner. I'd entertained the thought before, but this time I was set on actually trying it. And like with any big decision, the first thing I did was talk to a couple of people who work with writing partners (one of whom was the piquant Emily).

They basically told me what I should have realized on my own: writing is a lot like having sex. Sure it's fun to do on your own, but so much more pleasant when company is present.

They were right.

We're about a week away from finishing the first draft of our screenplay - and neither one of us can contain our excitement. We're literally itching to have a select few of our friends read it and get our first round of feedback. Whatever happens, I think I can speak for both of us when I say that we've both thoroughly enjoyed the process.

The back and forth of a built-in sounding board is such an amazing asset to have. We laugh, we refine and compliment each others work, and most of all, I think we make strengthen each others talents and abilities.

Every screenwriter should experience writing with a partner at least once before discounting it as an option. I can't recommend it enough.

Now let's see what happens next week when we show the script to people for the first time.

5 comments:

The Moviequill said...

cool stuff

Emily Blake said...

I had to look piquant up. That's about right.

I'm glad it's working out for you. I'm a little worried because Partner and I aren't exactly seeing eye to eye on this current project but we're acting like we are.

IQCrash said...

Kick him in the balls and make him see your way.

annabel said...

Hmm. I'll have to remember that...

Jeff said...

Unasked for advice...

It's not a race. ;)