Seeking a Partner in Crime

You know how a musician will put an add up somewhere saying something like, “Guitarist seeking musicians to jam with”? This is something like that.

I love writing. Even when a particular bit of writing is giving me fits, I love the act of writing. I always feel much happier after I’ve done some writing, whether it be poetry, prose or blogging.

But in learning more about myself, my habits and my preferences, I’m finding one thing about writing I have a difficult time with. I’m an extrovert. Writing is typically a solitary activity, and I quickly get bored, antsy and distracted when I’m working alone. I love having conversations with people, I love making plans with others and I love collaboration. I think my best work (both personally and professionally) has been work that I’ve done with others.

So I’ve decided to look for another writer who would be interested in collaborating on fiction (both short stories and novels, potentially). I don’t know if there’s another extrovert writer out there who wants to write the same kinds of stories as I do, but it can’t hurt to put myself out there and ask, right? And thanks to the wonders of the internet, I don’t even need to look in my own backyard.

I like to write colorful, trippy, surreal, highly imaginative adventure stories. I like stories about somewhat ordinary people (who are smart, funny and insecure) in extraordinary situations. I like stories with protagonists who are basically good and antagonists who are basically bad. That doesn’t mean everything should be black and white, with heroes who do no wrong and villains who do no right. But I like my heroes to be…well, heroic. I have absolutely no interest in writing dark, gritty stories with morally ambiguous characters. I’m particularly fond of space opera, steampunk and gaslamp fantasy, pulpy stories set in the 1920s-40s and contemporary weird science-fantasy. Politically, I’m a socialist, and my stories tend to reflect that in some way or another.

The biggest influences on my prose are Ray Bradbury, Michael Moorcock, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jorge Luis Borges, Daniel Pinkwater, Leigh Brackett, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, Michael Chabon, Kurt Vonnegut, Terry Pratchett, Rudy Rucker, Angela Carter, Brian Selznick, Italo Calvino, Lewis Carroll, S.J. Perelman, Andre Breton, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol, All-Star Superman and 7 Soldiers, Warren Ellis’ Planetary, Jack Kirby’s Fourth World & OMAC, The X-Men, Fantastic Four, The Flash, Green Lantern, The Justice Society of America, Scott McCloud’s Zot!, George Herriman’s Krazy Kat, Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland, Doc Savage, The Shadow, The Spider, G-8, Operator No.5, Doctor Who (both classic and new), Star Wars, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, Firefly and Serenity, the animated Justice League/Justice League Unlimited series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Blade Runner, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Babylon 5, Smallville, Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, The Thin Man, North by Northwest and Only Angels Have Wings.

Are you reading this and thinking, “Damn! I want to write stories with this guy!”? Drop me an email. Do you know someone who might think that? Send them my way. I don’t know if this will come of anything, but I hope it does.


6 thoughts on “Seeking a Partner in Crime

  1. What did you have in mind? My wife does co-authoring, and has written numerous fan fic novels and one (and a half) paid published works that way. It can work.

  2. I’m thinking mostly of short stories and novellas, maybe novels if the partnership works really well (and we can both find time).

    I know it can work (I can think of a number of authors off the top of my head who have successfully collaborated with others, not to mention the number of comedy duos who write together). It’s really just a matter of finding someone I work well with and carving out the time for both of us to write.

    (Also, I moved your comment, since it’s responding directly to this post.)

  3. Cool. What process were you thinking of using to do this? I’ve seen everything from “I write a first draft, my partner edits things in, I edit that draft…” to “We write on IM, taking turns writing paragraphs or scenes in real time.”

  4. Oh, gotcha! Well, I personally do better with pretty immediate feedback. And I really enjoy throwing ideas back and forth in a quick way. (Anyone who’s ever had a conversation with me knows how much I enjoy fast-paced, enthusiastic back-and-forth.) So I think a lot of real-time collaboration would be good. Although having never actually collaborated, it’s hard for me to definitively say. I’m afraid if I think about the nitty-gritty too much, I’ll be too cemented in my ideas of “how it should be” to be open to “how it works well,” you know?

  5. Drop me an email.

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