Writing advice that sucks

Bad advice for writers is everywhere, but this article by Jason Hellerman sums it up – or should we say “pins it down?” – perfectly.

5 Instances of Terrible Writing Advice [w/Lessons from Each]
by Jason Hellerman

Tell me if this rings a bell, you’re attending a screenwriting seminar, listening to a lecture, or getting notes from someone, and they lean in and tell you they have a piece of advice. After hearing it, you shake your head. You feel a little worse off than you started, and you’re not sure what to do next.

Terrible writing advice is all around us. Bad writing advice comes from many sources. We hear it in blogs, podcasts, and all over Social Media. read article

Madman, Architect, Carpenter, Judge: Roles and the Writing Process

Time now for a solidly thoughtful and genuinely helpful article about something we all need help with from time to time – how to overcome all the usual articles and not only start writing something you love but keep going all the way to the finish.

Oh, and it’s also solidly and so darn civilly written that alone has made us smile since we first saw it. Our thanks to Betty Flowers, former Director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, and to Michelle Gordon, who first brought this to our attention.

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Yo, Screenwriters! Ready to “Write Your Bills Away?”

SoCreate, a new screenwriting site based in San Luis Obispo, CA, with a website addy that kind of implies it’s in Italy, is “working on a new way for people of all ages to transform their amazing stories into scripts.”

We aren’t clear on what this new way is because the site itself doesn’t say much more than that…oh, and also “We’re Hiring!” which is something we always like to read or hear, but theannouncement below definitely has gotten our attention. read article

How Much Should Your Development Deal Pay?

A letter from the Writers Guild of America West, relevant to all TV writers,  whether Guild members or not, especially in this do-it-yourself-cuz-the-agents-don’t-seem-to-get-it-time:

How Aaron Sorkin Wrote The Social Network

Yes, the TV and film writing world is still talking about – and learning from – Aaron Sorkin’s work in terms of his finest work – the script for The Social Network. Although just between us, we believe the first two seasons of The West Wing were even better.

Discovered via the Behind the Curtain YouTube channel