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19 November, 2008 / Erik

J. Michael Straczynski: Origin of a Writer

Another story from Screenwrtier’s Expo. The always entertaining J. Michael Straczynski. Here’s a sample:

When asked by moderator Jason Davis why he became a writer, “Babylon 5” creator J. Michael Straczynski responded, “I had no choice. I knew from day one I was going to be a writer.” The former “Amazing Spider-Man” scribe spoke at Screenwriter’s Expo last Friday about his experiences as a professional writer for television, film and comics.

“I come from lower-middle class, blue collar, working, New Jersey-born roots,” Straczynski continued. “At fifteen, I just started writing one day.”

Format agnostic at the time, Straczynski began selling short stories, articles and plays shortly thereafter. To him, the difference between the writer and the wannabe is very well defined: “There are some folks who just want the point hat of having sold something. Writing is a day-in/day-out profession,” he said. Utilizing another analogy, Straczynski called writing “Digging for oil. Before you can get the oil out, you have to pump out water and mud and dinosaur bones and crap before you get to the oil.”

More at CBR.

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  1. redqueenar / Nov 24 2008 12:58 pm

    …Did B5 not come up at all?

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