Cartoon: ‘the beloved book’

As far as we at TVWriter™ are concerned, nobody anywhere communicates the feelings creativity arouses in both audience and creator as well as Grant Snider, philosopher-cartoonist extraordinaire.

For example:

Grant’s new book, his first for children, will be published soon. You can pre-order it HERE.

While you’re at it, you can find more of Grant’s extraordinary perception of human creativity at Incidental Comics, HERE

And if you haven’t already done so (how could you not?) buy Grant’s other wonderful book, The Shape of Ideas, HERE

What’s It Like to Write for ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers?

At last, a video about writing, by writers, genuinely lives up to its promise to take us behind the scenes. Now that this TVWriter™ minion has watched this long but potent lesson, I might even start watching the show.

Um, it’s still on the air, right? Huh? Is it?

Brought to us all by The Paley Center for Media

A Word from California State Legislators Backing the WGA

Remember that WGA-ATA standstill we talked about last Monday?

Turns out we aren’t the only ones who think the Association of Talent Agencies is, um, full of beans. Check out what these fine, upstanding California state legislators have to say.

LB’S NOTE: How the %$#! did I forget to include this in Monday’s article? Major apologies for the oversight, but at least it’s here now. Keep on carrying on, bros and sisters.

Don’t think of it as ‘revising.’ It’s ‘reinvisioning.’ Of course!

NOTE FROM LB: Those who know me know how crazy having to do revisions makes me. Or rather, “made me.” It’s different now because this:

Revision – Embracing Change
by Andrea Custer

After years of creating the puzzle, making sure all the pieces fit perfectly, it became time to embrace the unthinkable: Throw out a third of the pieces, and reorder the rest into the same story, only different.

The challenge was immediately apparent – I’d spent so long coming to understand the story in one specific way I’d lost the ability to see how it could be improved by cutting certain scenes, or how moments could be combined to keep the pace moving. Then there was the insecurity – what if I cut a scene that had some important subplot, or breadcrumb critical to later story happenings? I needed a way to make sure nothing essential fell through the cracks during the revision process. Not to mention the sense of overwhelm when I thought about the work involved in the revision I was contemplating.

I needed a new perspective, a safety net, and a way to bypass the inner critic. Here’s what worked for me . . .

I printed out the entire story, single sided. I stapled together each scene or chapter, so I could move story moments in discrete blocks. In the upper left hand corner I wrote why the scene or chapter was essential – what plot point happened, and what character emotional growth was realized. I used blue pen for these notes. In the upper right hand corner, I noted any breadcrumbs, foreshadowing, or subplot elements I wanted to keep in mind. I used purple for these, just to keep them visually distinct.

Then I started to place chapters on the floor by guessing generally where they might fall in the re-envisioned story. I had in mind that I would create a plot map on the floor of my living room….

Read it all at

Why being a writer is even more special than you think

We love the opening of this piece from Seth Godin’s brilliant blog. And the rest is just about as feelgood as a written work about writing can be. Keep reading and you’ll see what we mean:

Even if it’s not graduation week for you…
by Seth Godin

Even if it’s not graduation week for you…

Consider writing.

Not plastics.

Not Wall Street.

Simply writing.

As we race toward a post-literate world, the surprising shortcut is compelling indeed: Learn to write.

Audiobooks outsell print. AI can turn text into speech. People scan, they don’t read.

Doesn’t matter. Learn to write.

Yes, it would be great if you could become a full-stack developer. If you put in the hard work to be a civil engineer or a mathematician on the cutting edge. But most people were persuaded from an early age that this isn’t the work for them.

But writing?…

Read it all at