If you create long enough, there’s going to come a time when you’re going to run into creative differences. These creative differences will generally be between either the writer and the artist, or the writer and the editor.
What I see that happens is that the writer has a vision, and that vision can be very specific. The writer then wants the other creators to get onboard with that vision. Sometimes, though, that vision isn’t feasible, or is feasible but not very exciting, and the writer doesn’t want to hear it. (Yes, I generally blame the writers. This is a very wide brush, and it doesn’t fit all situations.)
I was asked by someone I knew to edit a short story of theirs. It was okay, but the story needed some help. It was never going to be a best-seller because of it’s length, but it was okay. I did what editors are supposed to do: I saw problems, and suggested ways to fix them that were still in keeping with the story, making the story stronger.
I was then told that if the writer made the suggested changes, then it would no longer be their story. Understand that I didn’t make any material changes to the story. I made suggestions to make the story stronger. The writer interpreted the changes as making changes to their story. They thanked me for my time and effort, but they weren’t going to be using any of my suggestions.
Another writer I was working with had a story that had a thin premise, but a cool gimmick. The problem was that this writer wasn’t good at writing. They went through several editors, and they didn’t want to budge on making changes to the story. So I had to edit the story myself.
I’m an explainer. I explain why I want the changes made, so that it can be understood that I’m not changing things for their own sake. It’s never about me, it’s always about the story. The writer comes back and tells me that they’re not going to make any more changes to their story, and I better get on the same page as them or I could get off their project. (I was the editor in chief of the company that would have published his book.)
I wrote a story where there was some disgusting things going on. I hired an artist to work on the story, and when they got to the disgusting part, they said they wouldn’t draw what I asked. They’d draw something, but it wouldn’t be what I asked for in that panel. I said okay, because I knew that what I asked for was over the top and unnecessary. I wasn’t angry about it at all.
There are always ways to handle when you disagree with someone over something. You can either blow up and go over the top with it (I know creators like this), or you can try to find a way through. One way will keep you working with someone, the other way won’t.
How you react will always be up to you.