“Abbott Elementary”

I meant to say this right after the Emmys were announced but was distracted by real life. So I’ll say it now:

Abbott Elementary is the best comedy series currently on anybody’s “air.” It’s funny, and it’s important (without seeming self-important.) I really hope y’all have been watching it. read article

Danger! Danger! Writing Myths Ahead

What? We’re publishing important info on a Friday? Who’d a’thunk?

by Joni B. Cole

I’ve been leading writing workshops for over 20 years and am still gobsmacked by how stubbornly writers cling to certain myths that suck up a lot of emotional energy, and reinforce practices that undermine the creative process. If you buy into any of the myths below, let them go, and see how quickly you’ll write more, write better, and even be happier (because what writer isn’t happier when writing more and writing better).

1. The myth of the “real writer”

“I’m not a real writer.” read article

‘I just go into my head and enjoy it’: the people who can’t stop daydreaming

Here’s an excellent article on a syndrome that might as well simply be called “The Not So Secret Lives of Writers.” Read on and you’ll see what we mean.

by David Robson

Every day, Kyla* travels to a fictional universe with advanced space travel. It’s not real, of course – but an incredibly vivid daydream, centred on a protagonist with a detailed history. “It covers 79 years in the life of my main character,” she says. “I know how the whole thing plays out, and I can drop into it at whatever point I want to experience.”

Today, this habit is pure entertainment, which she limits to just an hour a day. “It’s like watching Netflix,” she says. “I just go into my head and enjoy it.” In the past, however, she had felt that her fantasies had become all-consuming. “There was a point where it was like an addiction.” read article

WGAW September, 2022 Calendar

A Public Service Announcement if ever there was one. Here’s what going on, socially and professionally, at the Writers Guild of America West this month:

September 2022

Until further notice, the Guild has suspended in-person committee meetings and events, member meetings, and screenings at the Writers Guild Theater. Virtual events are listed below. Members must RSVP in advance to receive access info to participate in online events. read article

Streaming vs. Cable TV – And the winner is…?!

It’s official. Streaming video has officially won the media source battle. So speaketh Nielsen themself. (Whoa, the new grammar does get awkward, doesn’t it?)

Check it out.

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