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Enough People in the World Make You Feel Like Sh*t. Don't Help Them.
TV Writer, Person on the Internet
By the time I turned 30, I had written 17 episodes of an iconic television show ("Lizzie McGuire"), been nominated for two Emmys, had an agent, a manager and a size-6 body that I could cram into all sorts of fun outfits. By the time I turned 35, I was near-broke.
The Most Risky Choice Is Not Making One
Director, Writer, Career Coach, Mom of 5-Year-Old Twins
Do you ever find yourself unable to make a decision? Vacillating between two, three or even more choices? Each choice we make takes us down a road, or further down the road that we are on, and you want to make sure it's the right road!
Do You Have What It Takes to Get Into a Writing Program?
Story/career consultant, author and writing instructor for NBC...
It is that time of year when writers from all over the country apply to the studio and network writing programs. I am the Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC and have been for the last eight years.
Failure Is Just 'Sucksess': A TV/Film Writer's Lament
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
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
TV writer (American Dad, Family Guy)
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
I'm a storyteller, first and foremost
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.
Emmy-winning television writer
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
Screenwriter and columnist
In the Writing #1: Parallax in
and Five Other Top TV Shows
Series Editor, Best American Experimental Writing
Despite the potential frustration of its jigsaw puzzle plot, the fourth season of
demands a non-chronological appreciation of the narrative, and introduces the function of parallax, a staple of modern and early postmodern thought.
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Down the Rabbit Hole
Robin Amos Kahn
Writer, Speaker, Lead Coach at Own the Room
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.
Writer, 'Real Time with Bill Maher'
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
Host, Be Less Stupid
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
Host, Be Less Stupid
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
Screenwriter, Playwright, Lyricist, author of musicals Rothsch...
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?
Co-creator, 'Husbands'; writer, 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' 'G...
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
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
Screenwriter, Copywriter, Producer, Director, Consumer
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.
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