This is a Diagnostic, thanks for asking

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EDITOR’S NOTE: As we said yesterday, on a now-removed Test page that looked very similar to this one, TVWriter™ has been having a problem with its “Publicize” app recently. Today instead of checking on whether we’ve fixed it (because we haven’t) we are instead using another version of yesterday’s post for diagnostic reasons.

In other words, nothing to see here. Move along, move along.

Not you, Jetpack Happiness Engineer. This one’s all yours!

“You’re The Worst” is Back for Season 3

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The most real comedy on television returns to our cable companies tomorrow, August 31st.

Don’t just sit there, applaud!

Oh, yeah, and laugh too.

Cuz if you’ve seen this show, you know that eventually it will make you cry.

As only great writing can.

Web Series “Fix Yo Life”

Two of TVWriter™’s favorite not-yet-widely-enough-sung creative geniuses, Jesenia and Jenni Ruiza, debuted a new web series last week at Latina.Com. It’s called Fix Yo Life and unlike their previous Comedy High productions (Becoming Ricardo, Shlongologues, etc.) this one is more like morning TV fare brought to the web.

That’s a compliment, btw. Check out the ‘tude (and the production):

What can we say? We really like shows that make us feel good.

For more info, hie thyselves HERE

Hi Jesenia! Hi Jenny! We miss you!

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BBC has opened its TV archives to all comers – for a price, of course

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The BBC has announced that as of today all its television show archives are available for download and purchase via the BBC Shop section of its iPlayer video player. Here’s part of the announcement:

Buying from BBC Store means you can watch your purchases on iPlayer. Simply sign in to access all your purchases in the My Programmes section of iPlayer. Today you’ll be able to watch your purchases back on the iPlayer website, whether accessed via a computer, tablet or mobile and we’ll soon be adding the ability to playback your purchases via the BBC iPlayer mobile apps and next year, via iPlayer on TV. We also plan to add the option to download BBC Store purchases via BBC iPlayer to watch offline.

The BBC says that all of its content is available, and we all know that means one Acme Load O’Great Content. The beeb also swears up, down, and probably sideways as well that this won’t affect its details with Netflix and other video on demand sites.

Unlike the shows that are available on iPlayer itself, which aren’t available for viewing outside the UK, BBC Shop is open to all, so you won’t even need a VPN to fill your “basket.”

GO TO BBC SHOP

Peggy Bechko’s World of Writing Experts – Who Do You Trust?

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by Peggy Bechko

If you’re a writer, particularly a new writer, you’re probably looking for a little help, some hints on how to improve things, how to be your best in the venue you’ve chosen whether it’s novels, scripts, articles or whatever.

And, there are a lot of experts out there who say they want to help whether for pay or bloggers who put the info out there, and a lot of them DO want to help. Some just want the money you might pay for a class or for ‘coaching’, but they’re a whole ‘nother breed and we aren’t talking about them here.

So, assuming the ones who want to help are your peeps, which one of (or group) of well-meaning folks should you believe?

Pretty much all of them.

Or maybe none of them.

Let me explain. I’ve had some wonderful teachers/mentors. They’ve helped greatly in my writer’s path, but it’s sort of like a gumbo soup. Along the road of learning writers have to become like master chefs, throwing everything into the pot. The fact of the matter is to copy what a mentor has explained/demonstrated, is not to create on your own.

Get where I’m going here? One may contribute a lot, another just a bit of spice, but it all comes together to form something new and in the end what you, as writer, do is to create something entirely new.

I’ve said it before in this blog and in my own blog, the goal is to grab the reader by the eyeballs and throat so there is no other choice but to finish reading what you, as writer, have written. You must keep them turning the pages.

Don’t ever let a writing expert tell you you’re right or wrong when it comes to the resources you turn to in order to write or the process you utilize to create your final script or novel. There is no one right way to write. There is form and format and the cleanest way to present your work with optimal chance at acceptance and success, but how you journey as a writer is based on the choices you make for yourself and don’t let anyone tell you differently.

So, here’s the thing. When some writing expert, script or novel, wants to crush you into a single box and convince you there’s one way to do it and it’s his/her way, straighten your spine and walk away.

But, when you choose to take classes, consult with consultants, buy books, find a mentor who really clicks, then look for those nuggets or even boulders of information and insight that you can stash away to use in your own fashion.

What resonates with one writer may not with another. Or it may be a certain project during which a tidbit resonates so loudly within that it breaks down barriers. Books, courses, helpers, they’re all tools and it’s up to you to put them to use. If you pick up even one bit and it propels your writing abilities and career forward, it’s worth it in time and money.

An expert’s advice is not to be copied, but rather to inspire your writing to new heights, to help knock off the rough edges, to help you see more clearly so you can grab those readers by the eyeballs.

Weed through advice, whether from books, courses or teachers, evaluate and make what is useful your own.

Evolve!


Peggy Bechko is a TVWriter™ Contributing Editor. Learn more about her HERE. Peggy’s new comic series, Planet of the Eggs, written and illustrated with Charlene Brash-Sorensen is available on Kindle. Grab your copy of Book 2 now! And, while you’re at it, visit the Planet of the Eggs Facebook page

LB’s Poetry: “The World is Full of Dead Men”

by Larry Brody

NOTE FROM LB: 

The Navajo Dog is here! In this very poem. First one I ever wrote about her but didn’t get to her origin (well, she is a kind of superhero, after all) until much later.

But now you know she’s real, in the way that all poetry is real, and far beyond it as well. My teacher, my support system, back when I first went tracking the magic from Santa Fe to Monument Valley to Pine Ridge to Chaco Canyon, and uncountable (or unaccountable) points in between.

This is one of the first lessons the Navajo Dog ever taught me. And the wisdom and magic and pure, “Of course-ness” of it still keeps me going today.

The World Is Full Of Dead Men

The world is full of dead men.

I have this from the Navajo dog.

We were coming back from a walk

Along the arroyo, and it sounded to me like

She was bragging again. I asked her why,

If her people’s medicine was so mighty,

When it was them versus Kit Carson, they lost the war.

“It’s the dead men,” the dog said to me.

“They’re unbeatable. Law of nature, and all.” She

Stared after a passing rabbit. “Our medicine is the

Medicine of the soul,” she said. “It’s the spirit of the

Medicine worker versus the spirit of the evil he

Needs to drive out. Everything has a spirit,

Except the Kit Carsons of the world.

Their souls were eaten long ago.”

She eyed a low-flying crow.

“No soul means nothing to work on. Means

We lose our ass.”

“World’s worse now,” I said.

“More dead men,” said the Navajo dog. “Some are the cause, and

Some the effect.”

Another rabbit ran by. She gave chase, and bit off its head,

Said a prayer to beg its pardon.


Larry Brody is the head dood at TVWriter™. Although the book whose cover you see above is for sale on Kindle, he is posting at least one poem a week here at TVWriter™ because, “As the Navajo Dog herself once pointed out to me, ‘Art has to be free. If you create it for money, you compromise your artistic vision by trying to please those who are paying. If you don’t accept money, you can be yourself. Like your art, you too are free.’”

Who is the Navajo Dog? Keep coming back and you’ll see.

TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – August 29th

In case you’ve missed what’s happening at TVWriter™, the most popular blog posts during the week ending yesterday were:

Herbie J Pilato: “I never gave up on my writing, and neither should you!”

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

Empty Promises: My experience submitting scripts to Amazon Studios

LB’s Poetry: “Dancing Stars”

Peggy Bechko’s World: “What do I need to Write?”

And our most visited permanent resource pages were:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT

The Outline/Story

The Logline

TVWRITER UNIVERSITY: Overview

Major thanks to everyone for making this such a great week. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed. re-read what you loved, and, most importantly, come back for more soon.