A Caveat About Forming Teams

comedy andWe have posted suggestions about writing, about teams, about a lot of stuff and this post sort of incorporates a number of items we have addressed before.

When it comes to creative teams, there are a number of factors, assuming members have formed a team for mutual support. This is not a handful of poets in garrets communicating via semaphore. These are real live people working on their art. So, some considerations:

  • A team can be formed because all the members are interested in working in a specific genre, e.g., they write non-fiction, they write jokes for comedians, they work in water colors, etc.
  • They all have similar levels of experience or expertise. If they are writers, they have had articles published in local or regional publications; or they have had book length works published.
  • They have a similar understanding of the rules of their art.
  • They know various style sheets (for writers). They know the value of the periodic sentence and timing when writing jokes.
  • Lastly, we think there is real value in forming teams with people of equal skill sets. If novices don’t understand the basics, perhaps a separate team should be formed to teach those basics and “feed” graduates into another appropriate team. This could help avoid frustration on the part of the novices and the more experienced who see meetings taking up valuable time reviewing basics. Just a thought.

Do you think novice artists and experienced artists should be part of the same team?

Comments welcomed!




About Bob McCarthy

Originally from the Northeast, I now call Southwest Florida home. I have been a professional copywriter and editor since 1979, both freelance and in house. I have had article published in regional, national and international magazines. Plus, a video for which I wrote the script won an industry award as Best Training Video.
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