DZ-77: Backmatter – Prioritising and choosing projects

How do you choose which project to start next?

In their now-annual full backmatter episode, Stu and Chas let their hair down, drop the guise of objectivity, and allow themselves to have an even more subjective opinion about writing and the business of writing.

In this particular Backmatter entry, they wax lyrical on [deep breath]: character journeys, hyperlink cinema, keeping genre fresh, beginning a new co-writing relationship, managing multiple projects, choosing your next project, and – naturally – Star Wars.

SPOILERS ABOUND, particularly for The Mandalorian Season 2 and Ready or Not.

Thanks to Chris Walker for editing this episode.


  • 00:00:00 – Intro
  • 00:02:55 – DZ update
  • 00:11:18 – Mooting future topics
  • 00:39:51  – Questions to ask of a new co-writing relationship
  • 00:49:56 – Why is pressure different to stakes and obstacles?
  • 00:55:22 – How to manage multiple projects?
  • 01:07:08 – How to pick your next project?
  • 01:19:54 – The Mandalorian Season 2


But the system using folders is actually from Anthony Johnston

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