If you're an aspiring writer, especially one outside of LA, you've probably heard of the impending WGA strike but may be a little confused about what the hell is going on. To be honest, people out here don't know too much more - just that there is about the same chance of a strike as there is a chance of Lindsay or Britney going back to rehab. (I have to mention, though, that I saw LL in a cafe yesterday and she looked quite good, despite nearly being attacked by paparazzi - come on, let the girl have a frickin sandwich!) Most people seem to be taking a moderate stance...saying sure, the writers should get more, but a strike will just suck for everyone. I don't really feel like I've been in this business long enough to assert an opinion...so I'll just post some links in case you want to catch up. One thing I do know is that you need to be informed to be successful here.
If you're only going to read one, read this one: It's a Variety article about all the different things that could happen come Nov. 1.
WGA's rules regarding what writers are forbidden from doing in the event of a strike
Variety article about the AMPTP bashing the rules
NY Times article about producers withdrawing their proposal to change the residual process
Variety article about what studios, agents, etc. are doing in preparation