The Merry Writer has a fun daily question for writers I wanted to try getting in on. Check out Ari Meghlen's blog and Twitter along with the Hashtags #themerrywriter where you can see everyone's responses.
Have you ever/would you ever collaborate with another writer?
Yes. I LOVE collaborative writing. Starting in fourth grade, I created skits and scripts with a group of friends. In high school two friends and I had a series of notebooks where we told each other ridiculous stories and would try to take over the story. During college, I wrote poems, scripts, and short stories with friends and assigned partners.
In writers' group we have an exercise where one person starts a prompt and after fifteen minutes someone else has to take it over. It's silly fun, and it pushes story creation forward faster than I could produce on my own. If you can find a friend, associate, or partner you trust, then working together and letting them steer the parts you don't know how to navigate is perfect.
We always talk about how writing is solitary, but I don't think it is. Even stuff I "write" on my own, someone else proofreads, edits, and suggests. One day, I hope someone else will publish it for me so I don't have to shoulder that burden and someone else will help me market the story. Working with others to achieve a mutual goal is a collaboration and all of it qualifies as a writing project.
Co-writing something helps prepare a writer for the kinds of cooperative relationships he or she will need to create, edit, and sell a book. It shows you know how to be a good part of a team and it may help you develop new skill sets.
Would I work with someone else on a future endeavor? I'd love too. One reason I'm taking over the "face" of my writers group is because I like reaching out and helping others. I like hearing about others creative works, asking questions, making suggestions, and when others let me, I'm happy to leave a fingerprint or two.
Talk to me. Do you like collaborating with others, or do you keep you work to yourself? I want to hear about your process ^_^