This week we were asked: Who would you select as a writing partner if you were simply going to share studio space? Who would you choose if your writing partner would also be your co-author on the same manuscript?
Wow, that is a tough one!
I have never co-written with anyone, although I really must get my act together and finish the story of which my grandson proposed the premise to me. It’s a really great idea and I when I have worked on it, it came along pretty well. I have most of it in my head, ready to go. Just Wednesday morning I just had to sit down at the computer and add to a scene, even though another story should have had my full attention. Anyone who writes can understand what I mean.
However, I can’t write it with my grandson. As a teenage boy, he really doesn’t want to write a ‘romance’, plus the fact that he thought I was being too ‘wordy’. We’ll see how it comes out.
Most people know that my first earnest foray into the world of public writing found me composing song lyrics. Even though I took a very nice award, any attempt I made at having anyone collaborate to write music to them has fallen flat. If you don’t know, it is next to impossible to break into the songwriting business. It’s WHO you know, probably more than in any other business. There are stories of people who have worked for famous singers &/or songwriters for years before they had the nerve to even ask the bosses to listen to any of their songs, it’s that touchy. And most singers and songwriters treat lyrics without melodies like the plague; they won’t go near them.
A few years ago I was at a performing arts school’s rehearsal and heard a lovely young woman sing a Broadway song, which had been hitherto unknown by me. I was blown away and the next day when I heard the song at the actual recital, lightning struck me: I wanted to write a musical based on the life of someone I knew. With that in my head, I asked my friend and former guest, Diane Davis, if she’d be willing to write the music. She agreed and asked if I wanted help with the lyrics. That plan has, so far, not come to fruition. I think that although I had to stop and seriously consider the possibility of collaboration, if she lived nearby we may have been able to pull it off. Who knows? We might yet, but as far as a story is concerned, I don’t think I can have someone adding or changing it. I have enough trouble keeping my characters in line and in sync with my ideas, so I can’t imagine adding someone else’s ‘voice’ into the mix.
I wouldn’t mind sharing space with a number of good writers. I like The Hound and all of the Foxes, and would love to have them around.
I’d like to share space with Stephen King; I would love to share space with Parnell Hall, Gretchen Archer, Rosie Genova, Mary Janice Davidson….I could go on and on.
But that’s the problem: I would go on and on!
I’d never get any work done, nor would I let the other writers get any work done. It would be much to interesting to have the Hound, the Foxes, the writers I mentioned, (or so many others), that I would not stop talking or asking them to talk about anything and everything.
I know myself all too well!
A nice support group or another writer with whom I could be mutually supportive and do honest critiquing would be a bonus, I believe. But as far as I can tell, it is nearly as hard as finding a true friend or someone worth marrying.
Speaking of finding someone worth marrying, the one I found has been supportive of my writings. And comes this Sunday, we will be celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary. Like writing, it’s been work. Like writing, it’s been a joy and also a compulsion. Like writing, there are things that I wish we had researched or edited before we went to ‘print’.
And, like writing, the story really never ends.
I hope you have a wonderful anniversary!
Someday I hope you are able to get get that musical done. I can’t even imagine writing/co-writing a musical. I am sure it would be a lot of work but worth it in the end.
I think if I were to share a space with a famous writer I would probably spend the time studying them. What are their writing habits? How are they different than mine? Maybe that would work for me to? I have heard of an authorbwho set office hours for herself, she sat down at her computer to write everyday (Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm) and made herself write even if she didn’t feel like it. After much debate I have decided to give this a try. But sharing space with someone who is that successful I’m not sure I would write much the first few days.
LikeLiked by 2 people
I think I would do the same thing. Anyone as famous as those Tonette named would probably shove me out of the room and lock the door because I would be hovering over their shoulder to see how they worked. Having someone stare at them probably messes with their natural process.
I do like the scheduled hours. I should put it into place. I hope it works well for you.
LikeLiked by 1 person
Well, we might be sharing places after all, Joselyn…in the closet!
Thanks, Angie! It will probably be quite a quiet day for us on Sunday.We often treat each other to Chinese.
I have read quite a few authors who set hours and write away like it is a regular job. I can’t imagine, but I would love to have as table enough atmosphere to try it!
Yeah, it would be cool to have a mini-retreat for writing with the crew here at 4F1H. But, as you say, some of us wouldn’t get much writing done because we’ve be “visiting”. But it would still be fun.
Don’t think I could write near or around Stephen King — I’d spend the whole time wondering if he was concocting some fantastic plot which somehow included me … likely dismembered or buried alive somewhere. Yikes.
I know what you mean about lyrics. For years, when I’d make new friends who composed (or played) music), I’d try to get them to created a melody for some of my most polished (meter-wise) poems. Nothing ever came of it.
LikeLiked by 1 person
I wouldn’t worry about Stephen King.I’ve heard him speak, (YouTube), and read his book on writing; I don’t find him personally scary.
Even with friends who ‘do’ music, it is really hard to get anyone to even try to set lyrics to music.I think successful collaborations are those who write together, or the music comes first,THEN the lyrics, (as in Burt Bacharach’s great music which usually has words by Hal David. The words helped make them big hits, but I never thought they were worthy of the music.
Maybe one of us will get enough of a windfall to set up a nice retreat or at least a (re)union of the 4F,1H.
Happy anniversary! With a personal partnership like that, who needs a professional one?
LikeLiked by 1 person
Thanks, Patty, but one really has nothing to do with the other.i said he has been supportive, for the most part. There are things he is not happy about me writing and does worry when he feels something comes too close to home. “Partnership” is not a word I would have used most of the years.