aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

"Don't write about being a writer"

Variety has an interesting feature about how TV writers are now writing about writers, which used to be considered a rookie mistake.

""Writing is difficult to make dramatic," says "30 Rock" exec producer Robert Carlock. "It's necessarily quiet, solitary and internal. When you have 21 minutes to tell three stories, you can't spend a lot of time on the purely internal. People have to act.""

I've noticed some writers putting writer characters in their books. In Susan Beth Pfeffer's Life as We Knew It, for example, the main character's mom is a writer. I winced when she killed off the character's editors and agent. I don't even want to think about my agent dying!

Read more about TV writers writing writers here.

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