Following on from my previous post; Networking…It’s Who You Know, I want to go into a little detail about my experiences with working on my own and as part of a team.
I’ve always been a team player, from my days at school as part of the rugby team, to my current employment where I work as part of the team to deliver high standards to the public. Saying this though, I have always been able to go it alone if I have needed to.
The majority of my personal projects have all be conceived without any or very little referral with another party, but that isn’t a bad thing. I find having sole creative power over a project can be very uplifting, especially because of the freedom it allows you. Usually these personal projects like The Wanderer Chronicles have a very distinct path that they’ll follow, so having no one there to change it to fit their own interpretation of the project is good. Seeing where The Wanderer Chronicles has ended up fills me with happiness and knowing that I’ve achieved this on my own, though with the help of my brilliant editor, is a great feeling. It’s a satisfaction that’s hard to put into words.
But even though the feeling is a great one, it’s a completely different process from actually having to work as part of a team, be that a writing team or out on a shoot. I mentioned the creative freedom of working a solo project, but from my personal experience as part of a writing team, I know that having people to bounce ideas off and take another viewpoint can lead the projects into new and wonderful directions.
I mentioned in the Networking post that I had, as part of this team, fleshed out and brought seven television drama concepts to the treatment stage, with two of them being taken beyond the first draft stage by myself. One of these shows, Dolos Blue as an example, ended up taking inspiration from various interests from each of us, with the first episode becoming somewhat of an homage to a short film I wanted to write but never got around to. Each of these shows have ended up being far stronger and cohesive as a result of having three pairs of eyes looking over them, than they could have if we had tackled these projects solo.
I don’t think there is quite a right or wrong answer when it comes to if you should write alone or as part of a team, but it is very much down to personal preference. For me I find both equally as rewarding but I know others who wouldn’t dream of pairing up with another writer.
I would highly recommend trying out being a part of a team if you are ever given the opportunity, as you never know if this could be the way forward for you. Also without trying new things, you will never know if it was the right or wrong thing to do. It is far worse to not try, than to try and it not work out.
My advice, try and find like-minded people with similar interests as you. The people I write with all have a similar sense of humour to me and in most of the time, the same interests in television genres. It’s not always possible to do, but you can find people you have great chemistry with in the strangest of places. You just don’t know until you give them a chance.
That’s all the rambling I’ll do today. I hope you enjoyed an I’ll see you on Thursday for the next project post.