Why Having a Writing Partner Kinda Rocks.
What can I say? Writing is hard. Everyone who has ever tried to write that “Next Big Hit” knows this. Words are an imperfect medium; they don’t always flow from your fingertips to perfectly render your story onto the blank pages you’ve set out to conquer.
You can stare at a computer screen blankly for ages, hoping for inspiration to strike. Or, you can do what we did, and team up! Two heads are better than one, they always say. We’re inclined to think that “they”-whoever they are-are absolutely right.
B and I joined forces because we have a lot of the same ideas. If I propose a scenario, she builds on it. We spit ideas back and forth like freestyle rappers slam rhymes, making planning out a story incredibly fluid. Working alone, you don’t really have that. It’s much more difficult to plan out ideas with no outside input--sometimes it feels damn near impossible.
That’s where I think a lot of writers get stuck, hung up on a tangent of their story that doesn’t necessarily even work! Having someone to read over your writing and tell you their honest opinion about what works and doesn’t work really helps boost productivity. Some of our best stories have come out of impromptu ideas jams and straight up back and forth joking. Our writing process marches right along because of that. We give one another immediate feedback, even if we sometimes don’t want it!
One bonus about being siblings is that we can get away with a lot of stuff that normal collaborators can’t with each other. We can flat-out reject one another’s ideas, often suggesting something better or bicker and worry at tangents until they work for both of us. We’ve known each other all of our lives, so we aren’t too worried about offending one another.
I think our being siblings does give us a distinct advantage over other collaborators--we come from the same background, so we share a cultural identity. We watch a lot of the same films, television shows and read a lot of the same books and comics. Though our tastes do vary, we approach ideas from the same place, with a different perspective.
As such, our strengths and weaknesses complement each other. Becky can dissect a story down to its bones in a matter of minutes while I’m better at the technical stuff; editing, fiddly little details and word choice.
Apart, we wouldn’t get very far. Together, we’re a little bit unstoppable. And I’m not going to lie, it’s really great to have someone always there who believes in your story every bit as much as you do. That’s the kind of support most people only dream of having, and we’re lucky enough to have that in each other!