It’s a joint blog post this week, folks! It’s taken us a few days to really put it together well, so hence the super late update. This is a learning process for both of us, so it’ll take a bit to get into a groove.
With that out of my system, IT’S TIME TO BOARD THE TEAMWORK TRAIN!
For this post, instead of one long topic, we’ll each give our thoughts on a few different issues, almost like question responses.
The first question seems rather obvious, but still needs to be asked:
A: Ever since I started playing pencil and paper RPGs, I’ve really became enamored with the concept of cooperative storytelling. World building is absolutely my favorite part, and when people are doing it together, it becomes so much more fleshed out. So creating together just makes sense to me, and who better to do it with than your partner?
K: It’s hard to say for me, because I’ve never been a “collaborate” type of person. I’ve never enjoyed sports, and I hated doing group projects. To be honest, I think I would have trouble collaborating with anyone other than Aiden. I’m not a very easy person to work with because I’m not very good at expressing myself. I’m not very good at receiving critique on my ideas, and when I get frustrated, I can get stubborn and salty. But I wanted to work with Aiden because I wanted to tell a story with the kind of empathy and humanity that he brings to the table.
A: Thanks, sweetie!
What does collaboration look like for the two of you?
K: It’s not an exact science. We both write, and I design and draw. We did the worldbuilding together, Aiden wrote the first portion of the story by himself, and I did most of the character design by myself. Right now, Aiden’s working on writing the introductory chapter and some supplemental religious documents, I’m working on a couple short comics related to the story and some character designs, and we’re both writing the script for the narrative podcast we’re releasing in January.
A: It was a difficult balancing act in the beginning. Sadly, I’m a one-trick pony. Katie can write AND draw, so figuring out how to be “equal” was a source of some contention. A lot of honest discussion was required, as well as planning things out in advance. We talk about what we personally want to tackle, so that neither of us feels slighted.
What are the easiest and most difficult things about collaboration, to each of you?
A: The easiest thing is being passionate about the story. We feed off of each other’s energy, and whenever we have a new idea or figure out some plot point we had been struggling with, it gives us such a burst of creative energy! The most difficult thing is allowing ideas to be dissected and critiqued. If you’ve ever heard the phrase “Kill your darlings” with regards to writing, this is it. You can get really attached to things that turn out to be really inconsequential. I used to get hung up on names a lot, and some of my plot ideas from early on were genuinely kind of stupid, to be honest. You have to be willing to let things go sometimes.
K: I definitely agree that the easiest thing is getting excited about everything – the worldbuilding, the plotting, the characters – it’s great having the opportunity to share ideas with someone who’s on the same page as you and who gets equally as hyped up as you. The most difficult thing for me is getting over my pride. Like I said earlier, I’m not all that easy to work with. I get defensive when my ideas are critiqued, I refuse to ask for help when I’m stuck on a drawing, and I can be mulishly stubborn when presented with change when I don’t want it.
Thanks for reading, folks! Do you have any questions for us? Let us know in the comments or our social media links! We’ll be doing these collaborative blog posts every now and then, and we might possibly move to doing Q&A videos at some point! Are you excited? We’re excited.
Have a fun and safe Halloween weekend, everyone!
Katie and Aiden