“Your Webcomics!” is holding a vote on the next webcomic they should review. LeyLines is on the list, and if you have a moment I’d appreciate your vote!
Cory and I have been working on a second webcomic for years, but until recently we couldn’t quite fine a rhythm to writing. We’re both very, very different writers. I’m very linear and structured. Make outline, follow outline, work on sections in order until script complete, go back and revise. Cory, on the other hand, writes by scenes. All over the place. Following the inspiration of the moment, rather than a structure or order. For years, we’d sit down to write for this project and it would end in a fight as we’d both try to write in our own personal style and enforce it on the other. Then, rather abruptly, after years of trying and failing to collaborate, it clicked.
And it. Is. SO EXCITING! We’re both giddy to be working on this second story! It’s also fun to write for, now that we’ve figured out how to meld our personal writing styles together. I provide the direction needed for an episodic story. Cory provides creative, spontaneous energy that takes the story in places that I’d never expect. We start by writing a story skeleton, talking about the themes we want to explore, what part of the “conversation” the particular episode covers. Then we move all over within that structure. We’ll write the ending, the beginning, pieces of the middle, revisit the beginning and give it a new beginning because we realized the old beginning was missing some important piece. It’s incredibly refreshing because I’ve never written like that before. I’m not even sure I could on my own. It’s just not how my mind works. So it’s a joy to be able to solve storytelling problems in brand new ways as part of a team.
How do you approach problems? How has working on a team changed your approach?