It wasn’t completely a smooth road. There were a few hiccups. The first one came when Sonja sent me back the script (really early on) with a character standing in a fluffy dress. There was no explanation for the dress or what was going on.
I are evil. By the way, she did a great job writing the subsequent scene, even without knowing where I was going. (Honestly, I didn’t really know where I was going either.) Read the rest of the post!
I just want to add that I would never have written even the small amount that I did for ScriptFrenzy without a partner working with me. She endowed me with the motivation to sit my butt down and write when, really, all I wanted to do was curl up in fetal position on the couch and watch 5 hours of Lost every night. Yeah, it was that kind of month.
The only downside? We have such different schedules that I continually felt guilty for holding onto the manuscript for so long. I think this would be less of a problem were we not on a deadline, and Skye was full of encouragement and understanding even with my lameness, but I am pretty much incapable of NOT feeling guilty about not pulling my weight, so there you have it.
So I, too, am a new fan of partner writing. I doubt it would work with every set of partners, but in Skye’s and my case, I think our different talents compliment each other. The combination of plotting and discovery writing was invigorating for me, and I loved the fact that if I got stuck, I could just pass it along and wait for it to come back again, magically fixed by the power of a brain that was not mine. It really did feel like magic, after toiling for years alone on manuscripts where, if I got stuck, I had to unstick myself.
Three cheers for writing partners!