First of all, let me start with Good Morning
Mainly because what I’m about to say may or may not sit well with whomever reads this. Late last night, I was up watching TV and I saw this show called “The Writer’s Room” and naturally, my ears perked with interest. However after realizing what the show was actually about I became uninterested. Here’s why, mostly because they (Professional Writer’s) were talking about shows that already exist and what makes them successful. “the formula” if you will, this particular group of writer’s was discussing “The Game of Thrones”
Now, for any novice writer it would absolutely make sense to tune in to something that could possibly be a guide into the ever flourishing world of writing. The reason I decided to turn it off is because I had an epiphany more like an opinion but a realization nonetheless. That realization is that like the field of journalism script writing or television writing has become more about the sensationalism (pushing the envelope) of an idea rather than the humanism of the idea.(relationship of a situation)
Now, this would turn into a completely different blog if I fully touched base on my opinion about television these days. With the exception of a few shows i.e. Modern Family, Unforgettable and a select few others, watching TV anymore is like volunteering yourself to dine with Hannibal Lecter. However, that is merely my opinion. The reason for this blog is that at one point; the show went to a commercial (hey, writer’s have bills too…. ) Anyway, the producers asked one writer in particular her advice to “novice” writers and as I’ve heard countless times, her advice was “Write everyday.”
Actually, I believe I paraphrased her words more or less but that was the gist of it. That “advice” annoyed me. Mainly because it is common sense and not really something a writer in the making wants to hear coming from someone who is where they possibly aspire to be.
Although, it is useful advice to the degree that it will help the “dreamer” improve and become better it doesn’t have much reach when you are a “novice writer” who is itching to break into the writing world and would appreciate something a little more tangible than that.(i.e.) the steps to move passed novice and onward to proficient writer to possible staff writer. To ease up on the Pro for a second that advice can help a struggling writer who recognizes the sensibility of writing daily.
However, it would be wise to remember that there are different levels to novice writers I personally feel as though that advice only helps the newest of the new writers. With respect to improvement. Honestly, much of the advice that I’ve heard or read or have been given from professional writer’s with the exception of a few writers, has been frustrating and not at all helpful.
The funny thing about having a dream or a vision it seems is that nowadays those who are where you aspire to be would rather give a quick answer in order to move you along as opposed to taking the time to truly provide efficient effective, and useful advice. As I round out my thoughts I can recall a few different scenarios where the advice I received from “established/professional writers” I’ve approached at Book signings, e-mailed, met at comic book conventions, took a graduate writing course with or even visiting writers at the undergraduate university I attended.
It all taught me something about that writer/teacher in particular. Each lesson I carry with me because it gives me a direction of what to do and not to do when I become the writer I aspire to be. For now though, I’ll let my words linger. As I said, majority of what I have imparted is my opinion.
If there is a writer/reader like me who has something useful to say, feel free to do so. Also, if you are interested in seeing what “The Writers Room” is about I’ll include a link to the site perhaps, I can be persuaded to give it another shot. Image from google.com (http://www.sundancechannel.com/series/the-writers-room)
By Candis Johnson