As a creator, there will come a time when you’re going to need help from your friends. As such, you should pick your creative friends very carefully.
Some anecdotes to illustrate the point.
When I was younger, I was finding a place to be. My ego was out of control, and as I looked around the landscape of new creators, I found a lot of crap. I eventually landed somewhere and we tried to make comics. I had some ideas for characters, and I told the person who was the EIC of our little group. For every character I brought to his attention, he had something to say about it. Just a small tweak here and there, and then he wanted credit for co-creation.
Understand me: I can’t draw. Neither could this guy. He wasn’t giving help toward how the character looks, he was trying to change the core concepts of the characters that I had and was bringing to the table, and he wanted co-creator credit for that, even though he wouldn’t be writing the comics.
I wasn’t comfortable with this, and I said so. His basic response was “too bad.” He was also trying to find artists to work with us, as well as funding for us so we could pay the artists. He was trying to do a lot for our group. But he was also running people away. I was one of the last mainstays, and gave an ultimatum: either we publish a comic within a certain timeframe, or I walk. He then put a script I wrote on a website and called that published in order to get me to stay. That didn’t go over so well with me. I left.
Fast forward a few years. I’d been part of Digital Webbing for a while, and things are looking good. I saw the need to form a group of like-minded people to bounce ideas off of. There were five of us, and we came together in order to give encouragement, to revel in each other’s accomplishments, to commiserate when things didn’t go so well. We’ve bounced ideas, we’ve made inroads, we’ve helped each other with only the expectation of reciprocation if needed.
Two different sides of the spectrum. If you look around, you’ll see how creators talk to one another. How they get stuck on a story or with characterization, talk it out with a colleague or friend, and that gets them over the hump. You don’t see things in the credits such as “Written by Hank McFish with an assist from Helen Raffertree.” Helen might have only suggested that The Clown smash in the face of Mr. Montage instead of kicking him in the mivonks. (Watch more Farscape.) Does that rate having her name in the box? I don’t think so.
Everyone needs friends. Just try to be careful whom you decide to befriend.