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    From: J. Michael Straczynski <>
 Subject: DotD Writing Question
      To: CIS  
    Date: 3/12/1998 5:33:00 AM  

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Anita Karve <> asks:
> Do you give them a framework and let them run with it?
> How do you maintain the continuity while working with someone
> from the outside?

It varies, I get involved to different degrees with different
writers; with Neil, it was more "What do you want to write?" He
noodled around with some ideas, ran one past me that he liked, and I
liked it...he asked for a truckload of scripts for reference, picked
the characters he wanted to use, researched them, we talked on the
phone and via email a number of times as he refined his ideas further,
then wrote the script. I tucked and nipped a little here and there,
but pretty much left it alone.


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