…And my dad just called him Inkleback Snapperdoodle. Lol
You probably won’t see this, but HI!
headcanon posts that just show a fundamental lack of critical thinking about the source material are my least favorite thing but i never want to be the party pooper that’s like “uh thats factually incorrect” so i just sit here quietly seething abt it like some misanthropic evil grandma
There’s one bit of writing advice that irritates me every time I hear it. It’s often given with such assurance and authority that it comes across as a rule, despite how ridiculous it is. It’s this:
“If you want to be a writer, stop watching TV.”
There are a lot of reasons I think that’s bullshit. The most personal one is, I happen to really like TV. It’s the medium I’m most interested in writing. I think the serialized hour drama is one of the most rewarding formats that fiction comes in, for both the writer and the audience. I have far more favorite TV shows than favorite books. If you asked me to name the fictional characters dearest to my heart, a lot of them would come from TV.
It’s also that I think that rule smacks of snobbery. Often, if not always, it seems to come from people who are particularly proud of how little TV they watch and how much they read instead. That attitude bewilders me, because there’s nothing inherent in the print medium that makes it superior (intellectually or otherwise) to TV. There are bad books and brilliant TV shows. And if it’s about discouraging time-wasting, it’s disingenuous. You probably spend more time on Facebook or your phone than watching TV, but I’ve heard “watch less TV” from writers way more than I’ve heard “stay off of Twitter.”
But there’s one reason I’m pro-TV that’s less personal, and more practical and relevant to writers, and it’s this: Television (like film and theatre) is writing that has to be performed.
Why does that matter? Because, as you know if you’ve ever had your writing performed or even recited your own dialogue aloud, a lot of stuff that looks just fine in print is actually ridiculous or impossible in practice.