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Failure Is Just 'Sucksess': A TV/Film Writer's Lament

David S. Simon | Posted 09.21.2014 | Comedy
David S. Simon

Here's the plain, simple truth: most of us fail like unbroken clockwork most of the time. In fact you could say that the only thing that we succeed at with any regularity is failure.

How Writing For The TV Show Community Cured Me

Andy Bobrow | Posted 07.19.2014 | TV
Andy Bobrow

This is something I have never talked about publicly. Five years ago, shortly after my beautiful daughter's third birthday, I was diagnosed with advanced SWS -- Shit Writing Syndrome.

Understanding Your Writer Friend

Teresa Hsiao | Posted 04.13.2014 | Comedy
Teresa Hsiao

I'm trying to explain to my Taiwanese grandparents what I do for a living. "I'm a writer," I keep saying, as I vigorously pantomime typing, since all intergenerational conversations must include charades. My grandparents look confused.

Shakespeare Is Dead! The Future of Storytelling

Nic Latouf | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Nic Latouf

The potential of storytelling in the digital age to change the world is incredible. The ability to make people believe anything is at our fingertips. Make them believe the right thing, pull them into the experience, and you can do exceptional things.

Remembering Elmore

Rick Cleveland | Posted 10.23.2013 | Books
Rick Cleveland

This many years later, whenever I'm beginning to write anything new, whether it's an episode of a television series, or a new play, I'll often re-read one of Elmore's novels. For inspiration, and as a reminder of how it's done right.

TV or Not TV -- The Follow-up

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 10.01.2013 | Entertainment
Robert J. Elisberg

My article yesterday here about TV writers and directors brought forth a terrific comment by a reader on my website, who went by Kevin. It adds a good...

In the Writing #1: Parallax in Arrested Development and Five Other Top TV Shows

Jesse Damiani | Posted 09.29.2013 | Books
Jesse Damiani

Despite the potential frustration of its jigsaw puzzle plot, the fourth season of Arrested Development demands a non-chronological appreciation of the narrative, and introduces the function of parallax, a staple of modern and early postmodern thought.

Down the Rabbit Hole

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 05.27.2013 | Comedy
Robin Amos Kahn

The dreams you had when you were a kid are still alive in you, and that it's never to late to live them. Okay, maybe you're never going to be a major league pitcher, but you can still coach a baseball team or play baseball.

Pitch Notes

Chris Kelly | Posted 05.10.2013 | Comedy
Chris Kelly

I have this idea I love. It's totally getable but it's also sort of... out there. That's why I thought of you guys first. I shouldn't say this, but this is something I could only do here on HBO (Showtime/FX/Starz/AMC/Netflix/Disney XD).

6 Vital Lesson I Learned About Life While Writing Thousands of Jokes for TV

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 04.27.2013 | Media
Jon Hotchkiss

Because writing for TV is not science, anyone who tells you anything about the quality or the potential for your written material's success -- no matter how confident they sound, successful they are or if they have J. Woww on speed dial -- is just taking a guess.

I Made a Six-Hour TV Series in My Garage

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 04.15.2013 | Comedy
Jon Hotchkiss

Why do you think so much TV feels so homogenized? So watered down? So "non-threatening?" So much like just plain, ordinary chocolate ice-cream. Here, I'll tell you.

That Deadly Pinter Sneer

Sherman Yellen | Posted 02.03.2013 | Arts
Sherman Yellen

Harold Pinter nearly killed me. Not with a knife, a bullet, or a karate chop, but with that most deadly of all weapons, a lofty sneer.

Is TV Writing the Best Job Ever?

Jane Espenson | Posted 02.12.2012 | TV
Jane Espenson

TV writing (and web writing) is the best job ever. I feel lucky every day. I learn every day. And they pay for lunch every day. Score. Hang around and I'll tell you what I know.

Screenwriting 101 For Geeks

Amy E. Berg | Posted 11.16.2011 | Home
Amy E. Berg

A huge part of being a successful screenwriter is the ability to win over people. You do this by selling your ideas to your colleagues in a writers room or persuading studio executives to buy your pilot or feature film concept.

Ellen Sandler, TV Writing Guru

Abe Schwartz | Posted 07.19.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

I've come to realize that managers and producers aren't just looking to read spec episodes of shows already on the air. They want to read original content in which the writer's most passionate voice really shines through.