I love writing with my husband. Sometimes we write scripts together and have a blast doing so. Along the same lines, sometimes we write scripts together and want to rip each other’s hair out. But that whole unconditional love thing keeps us from doing so.
I like when I write with him, because sometimes I get hit with horrible writer’s block that I just can’t seem to get around. If he’s there, though, he just whips up an awesome new plot line and we go with it. Along the same token, if he’s stuck on something, I can help with a new fresh idea that will send the plot in fun direction.
Sometimes when we write together, he will write the whole script, and I will then go through it fixing some grammar, or adding a line or two here and there for character development. Sometimes I will simply just tell him what I think doesn’t work or needs to be changed, and he will go from there and re-work using my suggestions without me actually doing any of the writing. Sometimes it’s the other way around, he’ll go through something I’ve written and tell me what needs work and I will simply go from there without him doing any of the writing himself.
We are just a couple of film and literary nerds, so this is what passes as fun in our household. I think we make a good team, though. My husband is one of those people that you can throw one line at, and he’ll work up an entire story out of it in 10 seconds flat. He’s so quick and clever. I’m more of a sit and stew on it type of person. Give me an hour or two to think, then I’ll be ready to go. Basically, he has strengths where I have weaknesses, and vice versa.
I think to have a writing partner, it has to be someone you trust. Someone you’re not afraid to literally bare your soul to. When you are first starting to write on a project, that’s what it is – your soul. I think the writing partner needs to be someone you’re not afraid to share your ideas with, but also a person who’s not afraid to tell you what does and doesn’t work.
I don’t think a writing partner has to be someone who writes in the same style as you do, though. My husband is a quick witted, quirky, dark humor kind of guy. I don’t tend to write like that myself, but when we come together it just melds like magic!
Has anyone else written with a writing partner? Was it a good or bad experience? If you haven’t, would you ever consider doing so?
I think it can be a lot of fun, if you’ve got the right person to write with!