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Loads and Loads of Writers

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Creating works of media and fiction is anything but easy. From sustaining plot development to proper trope usage (and avoidance), it's no wonder why the whole field in general is perceived to be an ongoing minefield. But every once in a while, a concept comes along that is much too big for one or two people to handle on their own, particularly a soon-to-be Long Runner. At this point, the only plausible solution is to hire a group of writers to help you out with it, since the main creator's own writing isn't always going to be up to the expectations of the viewers and fans. Since literature, manga, and web comics are almost always fully written by one or two people, don't expect any examples of this to exist from those mediums (though see Round Robin).


Examples:

  • Television sitcoms in the USA seem fond of having a stable of writers. note 
    • Soap Operas are known for having a half-dozen writers credited for a single 22 minute episode.
  • Almost every Hollywood film goes through a serialized form of this. The original writers will do rewrites on a script, then be fired and replaced by writers who will do their own rewrites, then those writers will be fired for some executive's chosen writer to do more rewrites, then the original writers might be hired back to do another rewrite to fix everything that got broken in the last dozen drafts, and that's before shooting starts. When this goes well you get a quality (or at least profitable) film, and all the writers get to engage in arbitration for the "Written By" credit (and the pile of cash that comes with it). When this goes poorly you get Development Hell.
  • Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay used this In-Universe when they pulled an all-weekender to prepare the first issue of Amazing Midget Radio Comics.
  • The Simpsons
  • Sesame Street
  • The 39 Clues
  • DC Comics often does a weekly strip that is written by a variety of authors but is coordinated by a single one.
    • The New 52's Superman suffers this, causing it to fall far lower than the character deserves.
  • Doctor Who.
    • The revived series is on its sixth season, and Steven Moffat is the only man who's written at least one episode every season. He at best writes six or seven of them per thirteen-episode season, and he's the head writer.
    • The classic series fit this profile even more. Since with a few exceptions the producers didn't write scripts, a wide variety of staffers and freelancers did the writing. There were some notable recurring writers like Robert Holmes and Terrence Dicks.
  • Oh! Calcutta! had sketches written by (among others) John Lennon and Samuel Beckett.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 was written by basically everybody working on it. Mike Nelson was referred to as Head Writer, which in practice meant he put together everyone's quips into a single script.
  • Family Guy, although that doesn't stop people from blaming Seth MacFarlane for everything that they find wrong with the show.
  • Forum Roleplays tend to have this because there are Loads and Loads of Characters and each one needs someone to play them.
  • The Brand New Day era of Spider-Man comics featured a large group of writers dubbed the "Spider-Man Brain Trust."
  • Nebula is an unusual example of a webcomic fitting this trope— the comic is made by seven people in an art collective. Five of them (Steven, Mango, Windy, Toc, and Rook) are the artists and two (James and Haik) are the writers.

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