Ep 24: Collaboration, and Harry Potter

Marion kicks things off today with a discussion of collaborative writing. What are the benefits of working with someone else? What are the pitfalls and how can they be avoided? Rob keeps changing the subject.

Then we talk about Harry Potter in what Rob had hoped would be an insightful segment about the end of an era. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. Maybe that’s just one of the many mysteries in the Chamber of Secrets.

And then we have a Very Special episode of Bad Romance, where we shake things up a bit.

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3 Responses to “Ep 24: Collaboration, and Harry Potter”

  1. Wm Henry Morris
    July 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    I enjoyed the discussion on collaborative writing. Granted it’s with an established author, but one of the more interesting, recent collaborative writing projects I’m aware of is that of James S.A. Corey (aka Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck). This Geek Chicas interview gets in to some of interesting details of how the actual collaboration worked.

    Back in my early twenties I wrote a couple of sci-fiction screenplays with a friend. Since we were young, we had plenty of time hand out and write while in the same room. That probably won’t work for most listeners (and wouldn’t work for me now), but I recommend doing the experience at least once. It worked well for us because I hate doing the real work of writing (that whole world building and actually writing scenes) whereas my friend was willing to hash stuff out and was good at the worldbuilding but wasn’t so good at structure and polish and dialogue. We never did anything with the screenplays, but it was an experience that helped me understand what my strengths and weaknesses as a writer were. So I can vouch for what Marion said.

    I would also note that you could do some very interesting collaborative writing using Google Docs. Both you and your collaborator could work on the same document and all versions of the document are automatically saved. What’s more, you could arrange a time for both of you to either write or review and when you both log on in to the document you can start an chat/IM sessions and discuss stuff while you’re viewing the document.

  2. WEKM
    July 22, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    I do have to say, the audio levels were a lot better on this one. And while I too checked out on Harry Potter around book 4, I really enjoyed your takes on collaboration writing. It was nice to hear a supportive view.

  3. bruce eschler
    July 27, 2011 at 12:48 am #

    Interesting topic. I agree with Marion’s point about the power of the group. I still have to wonder if collaboration works differently on creative/artistic projects. Maybe it does or doesn’t. The farming out examples also reminded me of how renaissance sculptors used their band of assistants to do a lot of the labor.

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