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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Change of Tactics

So in order to shake things up a bit, I'm going to try working with a partner for a little bit. Try developing a little animated series with him and see how that goes. Change my perspective entirely while working on something new.

I'm not really sure if it'll solve my problems but I think that trying something new can't hurt things.

I've never worked with a partner before, I'm not quite sure how it works.

Have any of you ever had a writing partner? How is it best to structure something like this? Let alone getting into the legal stuff.

See, Karen's always said that no matter what we do we should get the legalese out of the way, make sure we're all going into it with clear expectations and understandings of what's being expected, etc.

But, with that said: I have no real idea what's expected other than 'thou shalt write together'. (Which, apparently, is even negotiable...!)

What sort of things should we absolutely NEED to get on paper? What kind of expectations are considered reasonable?

How do we do this thing right so that we don't end up with it getting all hair-y and teeth-gnash-y down the road?


1 comment:

Trevor said...

Writing with a partner can work in many different ways. Sometimes you don't even share the physical writing, if one person prefers the actual keyboard clicking and the other just wants to vocalise their ideas. Talk about what you each want from the experience and what you each think are your forte's. Maybe you're better at plot and dialogue and they're better at character? Maybe you're the 1st draft king and they are better at fixing that draft into a beautiful 2nd draft?

One thing you have to realize before getting into a partnership though, is that if you get an agent with a partner, you are tied to them for a long time. It's hard to get hired on your own once you're known as a partnership, because no one knows how you'll do on your own. And that means you'll be splitting your paycheques.

However, if you two work together to create the show and character and plot out the first season of the show together and then one of you writes the 1st episode and the other writes the 2nd, then you can both have a "created by" credit but you aren't officially a writing partnership because you're still writing your own scripts. And for me, that'd be the best of both worlds.