Code Name: Secret Project. (We’ve never been good at code names.)
So, I got the first chapter of my super-secret, pre-Tweet-Book-6 project written last night. This is the first thing in a long while I’m writing with a partner, and that’s an interesting experience.
I remember reading way back about how Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett wrote Good Omens together on a couple of very old computers sitting right across from each other. That’s the image that’s stuck in my mind about the collaborative writing process ever since, though I’ve mostly done it over the Internet with people I might or might not have actually met in MeatSpace.
Working with another writer (or two, or three, or seven) is always fun, because I feel like they force me to up my game a bit. I’m not a competitive person at all in real life, but I always want someone to read something I wrote and say “that’s cool,” or something similar. With a writing partner, that feedback is usually immediate, so you get that instant check on what you’re writing (and if it works at all).
What about you, folks? Ever done collaborative art with another person? (As opposed to collaborative art with yourself, I guess.) What did you dig about it? What did you hate?
UPDATE: Would you like to know more? My buddy Joe Peacock knows tons more. Read his fantastic post over at his blog today.