Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/11/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Matt Lopez (RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN) is adapting Chelsea Cain’s upcoming book series, ONE KICK, into a drama series for NBC. Once you get past the backstory, this looks to be very much like BATMAN with a hot babe. (Which means we are sooo cool with this that we’re shaking in anticipation.)
  • Laura Gutin (1600 PENN) is developing OLIVIA JONES IS MY GIRLFRIEND, an NBC comedy about a friendship between a girl who’s never had a boyfriend and another girl who’s never had any girl friends. (Yep, we have no idea what that means either, but…1600 PENN, know what we’re saying?)
  • Laura Solon (2005 Edinburgh Fringe Fest award winner, so yay!) is writing a comedy about a nanny who has no problems with the kid she cares for, but, oh, is his dad ever a dick. (No, they didn’t exactly put it that way, but…reading between the lines, know what we’re saying?)
  • Joshua Sternin & Jennifer Ventimilia (THAT ’70s SHOW) are writing an NBC comedy about two guys whose longtime friendship is hanged when one of them becomes a woman. (Based on Jennifer’s own change from Jeffrey Ventimilla, this series is impossible for us to snark about cuz…well, it just seems so damn sincere. Still, we’d like to point out that the official announcement by ABC used the “Jeffrey Ventimilla name. What does that tell us about the net?)
  • Matt Michnovetz (24) has a deal at The CW for THE COVER, an FBI drama that reminds of an aging Sean Penn movie called STATE OF GRACE. (Which means this could be very well done on, say, Showtme or FX or TNT or HBO or Starz. But The CW? That could be cause for just a bit of concern.)

5 Writing Tips from Chelsea Cain

by Chelsea Cain (um, who else?)

Writing tips are like mini skirts.Sometimes they fit perfectly, sometimes they make you cry, and sometimes you can reuse the material and sew yourself a pillow or something. Maybe a few of these will work for you.I hope so. Personally I think you’d look very nice in a mini-skirt.

1. You won’t make a living writing until you learn to write when you don’t want to. A lot of writers wait for the muse to seize them. These writers don’t get much done. Here’s a secret: writing is not always fun. If it is, you’re doing it wrong. I love to write just about more than anything, but there are times I have to force myself to sit down and work. I want to play with my daughter, or watch a movie with my husband, or go outside on the nicest day of the year. But if writing is going to be your job, you have to treat it like a job.  And that means that you don’t get to take the day off just because you’re “not feeling it.” This is what separates the writers who make it from the writers who don’t. Get your butt in your chair, and make yourself write. Do it every day.

2. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Don’t be afraid of clichés. Write the book you want to write. If you want to write about an alcoholic cop with an ex-wife and an insubordination problem, do it. If you want to write about a haunted hotel, or a woman who finds herself through a journey, or a teenage amateur sleuth – well, awesome. Your book will be different because you’re the one writing it. read article