Star Wars Authors Talk Challenges of Writing in Star Wars Universe (Emerald City Comic Con)

ECCC 2018: Star Wars novelists talk challenges of writing in Star Wars Universe

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Mar 4, 2018

Operating within the canon of the established Star Wars universe is more difficult than you might think. Of course, things were simplified when Disney bought Lucasfilm and said all of the Star Wars Extended Universe was no longer canon. But even so, the content creators of novels and comics within the galaxy far, far away must consult with the "grand pubas" of the Lucasfilm story group before they ever put pen to paper.

To discuss this process, Star Wars writers John Jackson Miller (Canto Bight novel), Delilah Dawson (Captain Phasma novel), and Chuck Wendig (Star Wars: Aftermath) stopped by our live stage at Emerald City Comic Con. 

Miller, who started his Star Wars career with the Knights of the Old Republic comic series, said he thinks of working in this universe as working in "a national park" because everyone wants to make their mark on such a mythos, but you also have to make sure you sort of found it the way you left it. 

"I think the most important thing is to leave the universe in its upright and locked position afterward and not leave a bunch of stuff stuffed into the back of the seat backs for other people to have to clean up,"Miller said. "The person that you create a story problem for might even be yourself." 

As for Delilah, her goal is to leave as many "animals and artifacts" in the world of Star Wars as she can. "I will invent all sorts of things ... I wanna import blue mooses," she said. "I wanna litter [the Star Wars universe] with awesome things," she finished, adding her desperate wish that she'd thought of Porgs. 

Wendig rounded out the discussion by stating that the higher-ups who oversee these books aren't just money-grubbing corportate executives, but die-hard fans who want to see the best story possible as well. 

Check out the full panel below...

Additional material by Josh Weiss.