The Book No Writer Should Ever Need…

…Because we’re all so clever already. But just in case:

Not our book but useful nevertheless…especially in showbiz

Insults & Comebacks For All Occasions

Need insults and comebacks? The Lines for All Occasions book Insults & Comebacks is the right choice. Arm yourself with barbs targeting everything from looks to age to intelligence, and you’ll always be ready with an appropriate – or completely inappropriate – comeback.

  • Pocket book with one-liners on a variety of topics
  • Over 500 insults and comebacks
  • Hardcover
  • Size: 3-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (8.9 cm x 14.6 cm); 112 pages

Order here (not affiliated with TVWriter™)

Let’s face it, writers. Every one of us should at the very least have the potential to write this kind of book. Because all you have to do is go to lunch once in H’wood and you discover – usually the hard way – that this is how everyone you need to hang out with talks…when they’re being nice…

Learn How to Write by Watching Good Stuff

Amazon Prime wants everyone to know that it’s now streaming FRINGE and THE WEST WING. (And nobody else is, nah, nah.)

These are two of the best written shows ever on TV, yet written entirely differently. Inspiring this advice to new television writers:

  • Watch
  • Listen
  • Get hold of some scripts for the shows and compare so you can see what parts of the actual writing worked and what parts didn’t…and make sure you understand why

This Week’s Best Pitching Advice

Proving, in case you doubted it for second, that showbiz is everywhere:

Pitch Any Idea in 15 Seconds
by Thorin Klosowski

Ever needed to quickly convince a friend to go to your favorite restaurant instead of theirs? Or maybe you’re trying to sell an idea to someone? A well crafted pitch can convince people in a short amount of time, and Forbes outlines exactly how to do it with a message map.

Forbes concentrates on using a quick pitch to sell products, but it’s just as applicable to selling an idea. They suggest using a message map to craft the pitch and breaking it down into three steps:

  1. Create a Twitter-friendly headline: Basically, create a short, one sentence pitch of your idea. For example, “Sloppy Joe’s BBQ Shack sells wings, beer, and Oreo-based desserts.”
  2. Support the headline with three key benefits: These are the three reasons why the person should care about your idea. To continue our example above, “The shack has a cheap happy hour, they were voted the best wings by Your Favorite Magazine, and they have clean bathrooms.”
  3. Reinforce the three benefits with stories, statistics, and examples: The above two steps should get you through most simple pitches, but if you need to extend it slightly, you can reinforce the idea with some personal notes. This probably takes you past 15 seconds, so keep it short and to the point.

Read it all

And don’t forget to watch this:

Why Do Writers Self-Sabotage?

Whoa. An article we totally agree with. From experience. Our thanks to Tara Mohr.

Is An Inner Argument Holding Back Your Productivity?
by Tara Mohr

?Have you ever received the opportunity of your dreams and sabotaged it by not responding? Maybe you got an email about a possible book deal, or an invitation to play an incredible gig, or an inquiry from a mega-client. The dream invitation came – and to your own surprise, you ignored it. Why do we behave in such a clearly counter-productive manner?I would argue that we often do this because we’ve brought the wrong part of ourselves to the table. As creatives governing our own careers, we have to bring many different skillsets — many different selves, even — to the diverse activities we do on a daily basis. When we bring the wrong self to the table, we can get paralyzed.

That’s what happened to me. After I’d been blogging for a couple of years, literary agents began contacting me to ask, “Was I interested in a book project?” I certainly was.

We’d meet for tea, and they’d ask me a series of questions: “Who is the target customer for this book? How would you say you differ from say, a Martha Beck, or a Deepak Chopra? Are you doing any major corporate speaking?”

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but what happened next was this: I ignored their follow-up emails. I’d wake up in the middle of the night, heart pounding, thinking “Seriously, what kind of writer who wants to do a book doesn’t respond to a literary agent’s enthusiastic note?” I wasn’t sure why I was stuck.
Months later, I saw the problem: My inner artist had gotten spooked. Thinking these meetings were about my writing, I brought my writer-self, my super-sensitive inner artist, to the meetings. And guess what? My inner artist is terrified and paralyzed by conversations about how to market her work.

That’s when I realized that there were other selves, other advocates, that I could bring to the table.

Read it all

TVWriter™ Television Writing Resources

Lately, TeamTVWriter has been happy dancing all over the place because the TVWriter™ site revamp has been so successful. Eyeballs! Eyeballs everywhere! (And not an optometrist on-site! Get it? Get it?)

But we digress…

There is, however, one teensy weensy fly in the ointment. An Acme Load O’New Visitors means half an Acme Load O’Peeps Who Probably Don’t Know All That We Have to Offer. Because we’re more than just hipsterish blog posts with spiffy pics of arcane people, places, things, thoughts, and ideas which, if you squint just right (there’s the eyeball thing again) can be related to our general topic of TV writing.

We’re the First All Television Writing All the Time resource on the web. Having been around since the mid-’90s.

Almost 20 years?

Yikes!

We’re also the only television writing site on the web presided over by someone with the zillions (okay, we exaggerate just a little) of writing and producing credits of Our Feckless Leader, Good Ole…um…who? Oh, right, LB. The guy’s been around. Done just about everything. Knows or is known by everyone (okay, so there’s that minimal exaggeration thingie again).

What we’re trying to say is that in addition to what’s in our posts, there also is a mountain of info on our pages, and we hope you’ll avail yourselves of the info and insight available on in the Index to the right of every entry. Including:

And don’t forget this baby:

Check us out. All of us.