The stereotype of the writer is the lonely artist starving in his garret, right? Hunched over The Work, completely alone with his (or her, or your) thoughts?
The truth is, at some point in the process, most writers work with someone else in some capacity. You might collaborate with people who are actually involved in the writing part (like co-writers or critique partners) and/or those who play some role in helping you get whatever you’ve written out to readers (like publicists or cover artists). Certain types of writing tend to be more collaborative than others – screenwriting is not a great profession for loners – but journalists, novelists, short story writers, even poets will find at one stage or another, it can be handy to have some people around who complement your strengths and shore up your weaknesses.
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