TVWriter™ December Newsletter

A free Kindle book! News about TVWriter™’s People’s Pilot and Spec Scriptacular writing contests! Teleplay Tips & Tricks! Call for students for our upcoming Advanced Workshop!

Enjoy the read:

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Peggy Bechko Tells Us How to Kill a Character

Heartless, that’s what she is.

And that’s why we love ‘er:

Here’s somebody who really knows how to kill a characer – Uma Thurman in KILL BILL

Ever Wondered How To Kill a Character? read article

Peggy Bechko Gives Us Our Writerly Marching Orders

But she says it so nicely, with such…OMG!…class:

Three Helpful (I Hope) Writer’s Decrees Readers May Find Interesting – by Peggy Bechko (Peggy’s Blog)

Your Space, Research and Revision

There are a whole lot more than three of them, but well, I don’t have the time to go into all of them right now, or the space on my blog, or the typing finger (I just sliced it open while prepping food for Thanksgiving and the finger really  hurts when I hit a key). So, at great sacrifice I’m typing this up for your reading pleasure, edification, education, whatever you choose to consider it read article

LB on Writing: The Rule of 10,000

Outliers, by Malcolm Gladstone

Hmm, an internet success meme that almost makes sense. Unless, of course, you take it literally:

What Is the 10000 Hour Rule?

The 10000 Hour Rule is just that. This is the idea that it takes approximately 10000 hours of deliberate practice to master a skill.For instance, it would take 10 years of practicing 3 hours a day to become a master in your subject. It would take approximately 5 years of full-time employment to become proficient in your field. Simply work out how many hours you have already achieved and calculate how many more you need to clock up before you reach 10000. (As interpreted on Squidoo.) read article

What People Mean When They Say “Bad Writing”

There’s a difference between “good writing” and a “good book” or “good script.” Nathan Bransford gets it:

by Nathan Bransford

One thing about my Fifty Shades of Grey  post that inspired some mild controversy was my insistence that it’s not that badly written. read article