Use your characters’ hopes and dreams to bring them to life

Nathan Bransford, TVWriter™’s favorite publishing know-it-all, has important advice on something all er writers hate and fear yet find ourselves doing anyway: The Beelzebubian torture  also known as  query letter writing.

by Nathan Bransford

SUBJECT LINE: Query – [Something that makes sense like your book title] read article

Watch Aaron Sorkin Arguing and Answering Questions

Aaron Sorkin thrills and disappoints us. OMG! This must mean he’s human!

The Thrilling Part

the disappointing part

Actually, we were pretty disappointed by the Wired Mag video too. All that pre-roll advertising! Sheesh!

The Surprising Secrets Hidden in Writers’ First Drafts

TV and film writers sometimes forget that we aren’t the only ones who write draft after draft in our quest for perfection (as opposed to when we write draft after draft to ruin what we’ve written so a stubborn, unappreciative producer will pay our fee). Even the best novelists do the same thing. Studying the various drafts is one of the best ways to learn the craft. Cases in point:

by Hephzibah Anderson

Writers who find themselves mired in procrastination would do well to take a page from Marcel Proust’s most famous book. Specifically, a page from In Search of Lost Time in manuscript form. Nothing more powerfully illustrates the truth of that creative-writing-class maxim, ‘writing is rewriting’, than the liberally crossed-out, lavishly annotated, occasionally doodled-upon notebooks in which Proust composed his seminal, seven-volume text. read article

How to Terrify the Audience

And now for something different. That’s right, a Halloween Special Video. Okay, so not so different. But definitely helpful, for reals. You’ll see.

This video essay is by the ever charming Henry Boseley, who would for all of us to gain creator access to his work on Patreon, HERE.

And for the record, this TVWriter™ minion agrees with him. Just saying.

Think Your Book is Taking Too Long to Write? Read This!

Here’s something we all need. Insider info from a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist on, well, the agony and ecstasy of keeping on keeping on. Confused? Keep on reading on.

by Elizabeth McGowan

When I dipped my bicycle tires into the Atlantic Ocean in Yorktown, Virginia, in early November 2000, my yelp for joy was followed by a lengthy sigh. read article