Hi. Um, I like "collaborating" with other writers. Or maybe not collaborating per se, but bouncing ideas, giving feedback and generally helping workshop the story. It is intellectually stimulating for me and helps sharpen my creative writing skills, and usually helps the other person, which is about all I'd hope for. If I do start to feel that I am becoming integral to the development of the story - as in becoming a/the driving force behind it, rather than merely a... supplimenting contributor - I tend to scale back my involvement. Mainly because I don't want to be depended upon, and beyond a certain point I start to feel I should push to become an "official" collaborator/co-author - write out a contract and all that - which isn't something I generally want to do. My point being that I don't allow myself to contribute so much that I would feel a sense of entitlement or want to haggle over rights/recognition to the work, which seems to be one of the main drawbacks of collaboration expressed on this site. The only serious issue I've ran into, again, is the potentiality to become a creative crutch of sorts for the other writer. However, personally, I try to use a kind of socratic method to draw inspiration from the other writer ("Why would he do that?" "What is the nature of these 2 characters' relationship/interpersonal dynamic?[lovers, co-workers, rivals, war-buddies, etc.]" "Who might he look to for help?") to prompt thought into undeveloped motivations, plot-arcs, etc., instead of just suggesting them myself, which risks my being involved to the point of their creative detriment. Anyhow, I was wondering if anyone has done anything similar, or thinks this kind of self-limited collaboration is a good/bad idea. If that makes sense. Collaboration seems to get a bad wrap on this site, for many good reasons, but I think prudent and measured collab can be enriching for all involved. Atleast for people to whom creative exercise is its own reward. Pretty specific, but I'd appreciate any thoughts. Figured it wouldn't hurt to ask.