I think one of the reasons I never got along very well in Hollywood is because I've never been big on collaboration. It just isn't really my thing.
I don't know why. Probably because I like the idea of succeeding or failing on my own terms. I have no interest in writing somebody else's idea.
Oh, I've done it. I worked many days together with my old friend Larry Brody — Mr. Television — writing animated shows like Spider-Man and Diabolik. Brody and I had a lot of fun together, and were so well suited to each other professionally and personally that our collaboration was a successful and productive one.
I also collaborate with my editors. They give me notes on my books, I make a few changes, and everyone is happy.
And when I'm stuck on a story, I've been known to bounce a scene off my buddies Brett Battles and Bill Cameron (we IM most every day), and they're always a huge help.
But for the most part, I'm happy to sit alone in a room writing my stories without input from anyone but my muse.
Still, I know there are a lot of people out there who love to collaborate. Two writers feeding off each other, telling each other what sucks and what's great, creating characters and worlds together — I can see how that might be appealing to some.
And as I was thinking about such collaborations today, I thought, what if everyone on Murderati were to pair off and write something together? We might have six interesting new books.
Or maybe not:
Bounty hunter Jonathan Keller loses an appendage to a runaway power scrubber.
A fledgling journalist follows the trail of a family of blue bloods to a hospital full of monstrous nuns.
Two soldiers-for-hire, Jack Fox and Charlie Kincaid, spend a harrowing week on the picket line.
A Boston medical examiner meets a Nashville homicide detective and their accents collide.
A public relations consultant gets roadside assistance from a blind woman and all hell breaks loose.
While making love to a slightly trashy but oh-so-hot Southern gal, an ATF agent finds himself rocketed into the afterlife.
Okay, maybe I do need a collaborator. Somebody who's actually funny (or better at Photoshop than I am…)