5 Not Rules for Collaboration

This blog is written by one of BCre8ive’s Creative Champions, Leslie Stewart. Leslie Stewart has worked for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV as a writer and director. His credits include the drama strands Play For Today, Screen Two (writer/director), Scene (writer/director), Casualty, Holby City, As If, Down To Earth and Monarch Of The Glen. His work for children includes Urpo and Turpo, and the animated feature film, Moomins On The Riviera</em> (coming to UK in May 2015)

Leslie is an Ivor Novello Award winning songwriter, and also writes for radio and the stage – The Little Match Girl.
And I don’t believe there are any hard and fast rules, but, try this:

  1. Give your ego a holiday and listen to the other person.

“You are not your idea, and if you identify too closely with your ideas, you will take offense when they are challenged.” Ed Catmull – Creativity Inc.

  1. If you don’t agree, try to understand. Once you understand, you’ll find a way through what could have been a calamitous impasse.

You are, after all, on the same side.

  1. Learn from each other. I’ve been writing, alone for many years and with others, and I keep learning. The more I learn the more I understand that I’ll never know it all.
  2. Don’t collaborate with someone you instinctively know will be a pain in the arse to work with


  1. Finally, insist on the writing credits being arranged alphabetically and change your name to Aaron Aabhas.
This entry was posted in BCre8ive Lab, Creative Collaboration. Bookmark the permalink.