Thursday, May 15, 2014

Shit Writing Syndrome and the evolution of a 'Community' script

Shout out to my awesome pal Jess for alerting me to a great post by TV writer Andy Bobrow, "How writing for the TV show Community Cured Me". Here's a snippet of advice:
Keep the two percent that isn’t shit and delete the ninety-eight percent that’s shit. Rewrite it. Within your re-write, there will be two more percent that isn’t shit. Then just keep tossing the shit and replacing it until the ratio is tolerable.
It's helpful to know that even professional writers struggle with crappy writing -- but more helpful is that Andy posted his first writer's draft of the Community episode "Mixology" as well as a much later draft the script. It's rare that we get a chance to see how a TV script evolved into what we finally saw on screen. Study the differences!

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