The Obsession with Monetizing Joy

"Some people say writers shoot themselves in the foot by romanticizing the process, and I couldn’t disagree more. Dismissing the cognitive magic of the written word is less a thesis on how writers glorify something that everyone can technically do and more a reflection of society’s propensity to treat writing as yet another aspect of our individuality that must be commodified."

Got a Premise? Good! Here’s What to Do Next.

Creating the idea for a show or movie starts the honeymoon period of creativity, but it will soon dissipate unless you know how it will end. The bridge between your premise and your ending is where the bulk of your story will grow. Feed it! (Photo by Cody Hiscox on Unsplash) Coming up with a Continue reading →

Story over Writing: How Designated Survivor Treads Water… But Barely

You can have a good story without good writing, but you cannot have good writing without good story. Designated Survivor (2016 - Present) is an example of a show whose story can be compelling enough that even the pickiest viewer can overlook writing and production hiccups... but not forever. Update 7/24: So we started the Continue reading →

Read the Chernobyl Scripts Online

Reading through the scripts gives you a chance to experience Craig Mazin's gift for visual storytelling, and emphasizes how well precision and craft come together to form this beautiful narrative. You can get a copy of the Chernobyl scripts here: Episode 1Episode 2Episode 3Episode 4Episode 5