Stephanie Bourbon on Rejection

LB’S NOTE: One of our fave TV writers-illustrators-screenwriters-vloggers, Stephanie Bourbon, reminds us that “it happens to all of us. Every writer has been rejected.” Here are her thoughts on handling this, erm, uncomfortable situation.

ACK I’m Still Getting Rejected!
by Stephanie Bourbon

UGH, you have sent in your manuscript or query letter and this time you did everything right. You took a class on writing the perfect query, you had your first pages reviewed, you sent to beta readers and STILL—the phone pings, you know you have an email, you go to it to see that big NO staring you in the face. read article

Describe characters and settings when you first introduce them

Nathan Bransford, TVWriter™’s favorite publishing know-it-all, shares his perspective about the writerly use of description. And, yes, it differs quite a bit from LB’s tip yesterday. Because we’re talking fiction as lit now, y’hear?

by Nathan Bransford

An extremely common writing foible I see when I’m editing novels reads like this… read article

Cartoon: ‘Reality’

TVWriter™’s all-time favorite artist/philosopher, Grant Snider, takes a thoughtful look at reality – and how to create yours.

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WGAW March 2021 Calendar

Here’s what going on, socially and professionally,  at the Writers Guild of America West this month:

March 2021


Members must RSVP in advance to receive access info to participate in online events. read article

Herbie J Pilato on ‘Alias Smith & Jones’

Pete Duel, Ben Murphy, Roger Davis

Still Charming After 50 years
by Herbie J Pilato

In the history of television westerns, Alias Smith and Jones stands out from the pack.

The small screen answer to the 1969 Paul Newman/Robert Redford feature film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Alias Smith and Jones combined a seriocomic premise and tone, entertaining stories, witty dialogue, ground-breaking cinematography, and likable performances.

The one-hour series presented a new form of TV western which was generated by the 1970 ABC TV-movie The Young Country produced by Universal Studios. read article