I was trying to get at that creators, when entering into a collaboration, need to hash out their needs and goals before going further with a project.
I've found that I need to ask more questions, and concretely state my needs and goals to a writer who hires me to work with them. They need to answer my questions in order for me to understand their needs and goals as it pertains to the project.
If our mutual points are agreeable, or at least, not too objectionable and are able to be discussed and sussed out into a position where we understand what the other needs and why they need it, then moving forward is great.
If there are sticking points where both are intractable, then we both know right then that we're not a good fit.
It's all about needs and goals, which I was trying to illuminate with my story. (And it seems like I didn't do too good of a good job in doing.)