On Sedgwick Brothers Project Number One (in 354 words)
My brother, Marcus, and I have been working together on two or three projects for a few years now. None of them have yet seen the harsh light of day but come October the first of these will be published: our graphic novel entitled Dark Satanic Mills. By way of early celebration, we decided to each write and publish a blog post simultaneously, without reference to what the other brother was writing.
For me, writing together has been a joy.
As I said in my last post, not only do ideas get generated more quickly, but the navigation of those ideas feels stronger, more reliable – and is often more fun – than writing in isolation. We respect each other’s judgement – and sometime just voicing your crap idea or dialogue is enough to know that it needs to be quietly forgotten. In contrast, the excitement that lights up the co-writer’s face when you stumble across a good idea is immediately confirming. (And after a while it becomes virtually impossible to recall whose idea was whose in the constant re-writes.) All writers suffer doubt (I hope?!) – and when that doubt strikes, how great to have a friend on hand to re-boot the confidence. Or just head to the pub for a working lunch.
We were very close as children – creating a private universe in the sprawling house and garden in which we grew up. Since then we’ve done our (at times rather painful) individuation – but always it felt (I hoped) that we weren’t done yet with the combined Sedgwick Brothers creative endeavour. How wonderful when – as a feature film screenplay stumbled – Marcus reached out to ask me to work with him on a couple of projects. And now here comes Christy and Dark Satanic Mills. And many more to come I hope!
Of course, we can both be nincompoops. But we like to navigate problems thoughtfully, respectfully… as these candid images captured by my niece attest…