Writing with a Partner

Description:

RJFS sits down with three writing teams from RocketJump to ask them about their experiences writing with a partner.

Lesson Plan

Many people have asked us how to work with a writing partner. The majority of RocketJump’s writers actually work in pairs or teams, so we asked three of those teams to sit down and talk about working together.

Featuring: Jon Karmen & Jake Andrews (Rubydog, This Week At Rocketjump)
Matt Arnold & Will Campos (Video Game High School)
Ashly Burch & Anthony Burch (HAWP, RocketJump: The Show)

The most important things we learned?

  1. It’s all about the story. Not your ego, feelings, credit or winning an argument!
  2. You should be able to trust your partner’s instincts as well as your own. If something is not working for them, there is probably a good reason.
  3. You have to trust your partner to support you, and vice versa. There are no stupid ideas. Throw everything out there!
  4. Not all friends will make the best writing partners. If it’s not working, it’s not working! (Pro Tip from Anthony: School projects are a great time to test out writing partnerships in short bursts.)
  5. Try and work with a writing partner that can challenge you and that brings something different to the table than you do. If you bring the emotion, let them bring the comedy.

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