I’m making slow, but some, progress on writing my play. I could list my reasons for the snail-like pace of writing, but they’re just excuses so I won’t even bother (see my previous post on procrastination). The point of this blog post is that during my periods of inactivity I have felt that perhaps a writing partner would produce the impetus, motivation or ideas that I need in order to get things moving again.
But on the reverse of the coin, I also think there are downsides to a writing partner. As I’m the type of person who likes to weigh thinks up in order to make a decision, I made myself a list of reasons for and against recruiting a writing partner.
- Someone to push me when I’m being lazy
- A partner who can help when I’m suffering from writer’s block
- A saviour who can come up with a punchline to my story.
- A more experienced writer to provide a solution to a script problem
- Someone to guide me who has more knowledge of script presentation and preparation
- An alternative (and complementary) point of view or perspective on the emerging story, or to add a different ‘voice’ to the script and characters
- Surely two brains, means twice the productivity.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet who wrote Amelie with Guillaume Laurant said “Guillaume is very good with dialogue, so he writes the dialogue scenes and I write the visual scenes; it’s like a game of ping-pong.”
- What if we simply don’t agree?
- How do I find someone who thinks like I do and shares my humour?
- What if their ambitions are different to mine?
- This is MY story, I’m not sure I want to share the kudos, glory and certain fame that will come my way when it makes it to the West End/Broadway.
I think, for me, I can envisage writing with a close friend, who I already have a very natural rapport with and who shares my interests and sense of humour. Someone who knows when I want to discuss things and when I need silence. A friend who can give me a gentle reminder that I haven’t written for a while, but not be too pushy when I’m tired or not feeling too creative. I guess what I really want is…another me!
So for the time being I will carry on independently. However, if after reading this you are in favour of seeking out your ideal partner on the internet you could try these websites for further reading: