October 25, 2011

buddy up

Last night, three friends and I collaborated on a short script, and it was one of the most enjoyable writing experiences I've had in a long time.

The short film will be created by a friend and her co-workers as part of a team building activity, but she wanted to have the script in place so they could focus on the performance. Tasked with creating something fun, we were free to write just about anything. And we did.

We were all laughing hysterically by the time the evening was done. Our conversations and activities weren't always on topic, but they all brought us closer to the finished product. No one else may find our script as funny as we did, but that's not what it was all about. By collaborating with three other individuals with different backgrounds and writing styles, I found one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had.

So this is my challenge to you. Find other creative types with different styles to work with. Even if it's just a short film you throw on YouTube, a story for your blog or it never goes farther than your discussion, the process itself is incredible.

Check out these helpful links on how to get the most out of collaborative writing efforts:
Tips for Collaborative Writing
Tips for Collaborative Writing and Peer Reviewing
Collaborative Writing Resources

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