dear sga writers,
when i’m rewinding to look at a fence to see if, yes, “the tower” was filmed where i think it was, you’re doing something wrong.
a question: was mckay’s little sidekick really named ‘baldrick’, or did rodney just call him that? ’cause that could make up for a lot.
I must share a recent writing experience wherein I took my own advice, and cut about 12 years off a play I’ve been beating out for months now to no avail, and have finally decided to write a bottle show. You know, when everything takes place at a party in someone’s living room, there are all kinds of reasons for exposition. Except the whole thing’s super-angsty now that we don’t get the meet-cute.
This burst of creativity sponsored by two finals down, one to go.
I have an index card pinned above my desk. My writing is so much the better for it.
Write drunk, revise sober.
– The poet’s motto
Don’t think — write. Don’t delete — write. The only way to get better is to — write. Just keep that pen moving.
Murder your darlings.
– Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
That line will fit better somewhere. But, right now, you have to let it go. It’s dragging everyone else down.
The adverb is not your friend.
– Stephen King
There’s always one that needs to go. You can put it back if you don’t believe me. But give it a try without.
Get to the “workin’ overtime” part!
– Homer Simpson
The best part of a song is the chorus; the best part of a story is the climax. Don’t waste your time getting there. Don’t wander.