Friday, February 20, 2009

What do you want?

I'm curious. What would you like to see more of on the blog? Topics I'm missing? Things you're dying to know?

Please comment.


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19 comments:

Neil said...

I'd love to see more writing techniques and tips on how to do great dialogue, story structure etc.

Sounds cheeky but anything that YOU might know that I don't.

Thanks :)

Monsterbeard said...

Hollywood assistant knowledge, like what "tracking boards" are and the top five lines you've heard/used to get chummy with someone.

Writing difficulties? No, that just invites uninvited criticism. Most important things you've learned? Or just as much name dropping as you can manage. "Oh well when [famous person] stopped into the office I was mortified by their shoes. How tacky!" Basically, if you can find a way to make this your own personal Perez Hilton, that would rock.

Elizabeth McQuern said...

More nitty-gritty about how relationships develop in showbiz. How someone who is a strong writer but not necessarily a good self-promoter can make progress and find opportunities and succeed.

Dan Williams said...

If your blog is "an assitant's life" then more stuff about what happens each day would be great. But I personally like "writing technique" stuff. It would be great to read some scenes you've written and to "go to work on them" like in the room. But it's what you're comfortable with, I guess, that counts, and your stuff will draw it's own audience. You're good with detail, which is great for a writer to be as it adds to the realism. So what subjects and their detail attracts you the most? (And I hope that it's the "scene writing stuff.")

Lisa said...

More on your quest to become a TV writer! How's it going? Any set backs? Frustrations? Entering any contests lately?

Jim Cartwright said...

I would like to see more stories about people becoming sudessful in this business(well at least to the point ofwriting for a show). How they started off, what they did to work at their craft, and how they got their big break.

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Jeffrey said...

I'd be interested in seeing some of your own writing, as it is the subject of this blog.

Jason A said...

I like all the insider stuff. Interesting deals that have been sold and any angles that we wouldn't know from Variety. How it really went down.

Dave Shepherd said...

1. What writers need to know about working with agencies. There's tons of blogs/sites out there about how to write well, but there's not very many that talk about the relationship side of things, how the agent/writer relationship works, what to do and what not to do. I'd say focus on the career development rather than the writing theory -- tons of people talk about writing theory, not very many talk about how to develop a career. Or at least the steps you're taking.

2. What Jim Cartwright said.

3. What Jason A. said.

Justine said...

@Dave: Yes to all three. (Which is doubling up, I suppose). I love your blog as you've been writing it -- the combination of event info, inside-the-agency info, and what you're working on is fascinating.

GregM said...

I really like your blog, and second the call for agency insider stuff & working with agencies, but also things about your life & writing.

The Bitter Script Reader said...

How about a series on how NOT to make use of your industry contacts? It could be a good repository for all the horror stories and missteps that many people make when just getting started in the biz.

The insider stuff would be cool, but I can understand how there's a lot that goes on in an agency that you CAN'T blog about... at least not while you're still working there.

Masters of Humility said...

Well, I love the blog, and I'm reluctant to criticize.

But... I'd love to hear more about the trends in TV writing you see from your perspective inside the agency. What writing samples are hot. Which shows are people sick of reading. Any overused plots/tropes you see, etc.

Sasha said...

I'm interested in whatever you're learning career-wise, because if it's new to you, it's probably new to me :)

-Writing craft is always interesting.
-TV's always interesting- show analysis, etc.
-Agency/behind the scenes stuff is always interesting.
-Hollywood etiquette is always interesting.
-Your career goals are always interesting (because they're so similar to mine/everyone reading)

More basically: what problems are you having and how are you surmounting them?

Dan Williams said...

I agree with Sasha and disagree with Dave. Dave wants information on how to start up a career, but how can a person start up a career if they don't know the writing craft? It all boils down to: can the person write well or not.

But it's also interesting, as Sasha said, to hear about your problems and how you are overcoming them. It's folksy and warm and involving.

Can you do both? Writing stuff and career stuff?

Dave Shepherd said...

@ Dan:

There are a billion blogs about writing craft. You have screenwriting sites run by Oscar nominated writers on how they do things, you have the writer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, John August, Mystery Man, etc etc -- there are TONS of places you can go for screenwriting advice.

My argument isn't that quality of writing isn't important, my argument is that there are a zillion places you can look to learn how to write. There are very very few places you can look that talk about networking/building a screenwriting career, etc.

And my final point:

When Jane Espenson singled out this blog (how I found it) she didn't do it by saying: this is a blog with screenwriting advice. She said: this is a blog about an agency assistant working towards a career as a television writer.

That, to me, is the selling point. The hook, if you will.

Die Hard on a blog ;)

Dan Williams said...

Dave, yes, I get your point. The career stuff is what you like. I do, too.

But I have to disagree with your take on there being lots of websites that teach craft. They may think they are teaching craft but I don't know a single one that actually does so. No writer will come away with a knowledge of how to write, word by work, line by line. Lots of writers can write well, but they can't explain it any more than you, say, can explain, exactly, how you are understanding English right now -- so that, a person with no English could do so by following your instructions.

But it's up to Amanda. And I think she can do both. But I think she would learn much more about the craft by work-shopping her scenes on the blog. But in any case, I'll keep posting outlines of stories that can be used in the room as it's a terrific way to build up a writer's writing chops!

We Really Didn't Think This Through said...

What's your take on hip-pocket clients?