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Script Partners: How to Succeed at Co-Writing for Film & TV, 2nd Edition by Claudia Johnson, Matt Stevens

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ThreeFinding the Right Writing Partner

“Actually, none of us on this planet ever really choose each other. It’s all quantum physics and molecular attraction. There are laws we don’t understand that bring us together and break us apart.”

—Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon), Bull Durham

Matt Manfredi mops up the iced tea he’s accidentally spilled all over our table—and his lap. The waitress at Canter’s Deli in West Hollywood returns to our booth with a stack of napkins and a fresh glass of tea.

“Try to keep this one on the table,” she wisecracks over the racket of clattering dishes.

We crack up.

Manfredi is a good sport, but still red-faced from his faux pas, he lets Phil Hay answer our question about finding the right writing partner.

“It’s such a ...

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