Hank Isaac’s LILAC Scores Big Time!

Sometimes the good guys win!

LILAC Wins Capture

SEE IT HERE!

Congrats from TVWriter™ to the LILAC team!

Writing Gig Ops: Wanna be a paid film blogger?

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No, sorry, not for us. TVWriter™ can’t afford that – yet. (Although if you want to work out a trade, the Deal Line is always open.)

The sharp operators looking for your help are at a site called whatculture.com, and as for the deal they’re offering…hey, check it out

WGAw May 2016 Calendar of Events

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The Week at TVWriter™ – May 2, 2016

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

Peggy Bechko’s World: Do You Wanna Be a Writer?

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

LB: TV Series I’ve Given Up On This Year

John Ostrander: Radical TV Surgery

Web Series: MONICA

And our most visited permanent resource pages were:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT

The Teleplay

The Logline

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT: Rules

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!

Tomorrow is the Last Day to Get the People’s Pilot Early Bird Discount

Sunday, May 1, 2016, is the last day you’ll be able to get the $35/entry price for the 2016 People’s Pilot. Cuz after that, we’re in normal, fifty-buck mode.

The really cool thing about the Early Bird Discount is that you don’t have to upload your entry by that date. You can hold onto your script, or finish it, or revise it – or even start it – up to the very last minute entries will be accepted, and that last minute is 11:59 pm Pacific Time, November 1, 2016.

Sign in for your 2016 PEOPLE’S PILOT Early Bird Entry HERE.

Find out more about the People’s Pilot, one of the oldest and most respected writing contests on the web – including its rules, prizes, et al – HERE

Your future is, you know, IN YOUR HANDS.

Team TVWriter™

Care of the Writer’s Instrument

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Xena going straight for the instrument!

by Kathryn Graham

What’s a writer’s most important instrument? Is it a pen? A notebook? How about a laptop? Or is it your butt, the proverbial ‘butt in seat’ thing?

Bottom line, yourl butt is you, and you happen to be a physical body on a physical plane.  I know my body is my most cherished instrument because right now I have a crick in my neck that’s making this article tough to write. It’s like Xena cut off the flow of blood to my brain except that instead of Xena, it was a shitty mattress, a flattened pillow, and a 40 hour a week desk job.

Many people, myself included, don’t treat their bodies right. Writers are more susceptible to this because of the nature of writing. If you’re sitting for long hours pounding away at a keyboard, you’re likely hurting your spine, potentially not eating or depriving yourself of sleep, and any other number of vices in the name of the written word.

So how do we take care of ourselves while also devoting ourselves to this sedentary craft? Here’s a few things that I’m going to be trying:

  1. Get some sunshine. You need the vitamin D. You could also take supplements, but you might as well just take the laptop outside or sit near a window for a little while.
  2. Eat healthier. I know it’s easy to warm up a five minute hot pocket (and you need that time to write!), but heavy or bad food is harder to digest, makes you tired, and will make you less sharp. If you have no time or you’re in a groove, before you sit down, grab something quick that you don’t detest – an avocado, pistachios, a granola bar, an orange. Here’s some good ideas. (And more tips on how to be a healthy writer).
  3. Get good sleep. Invest in a good mattress and pillow. Make sure you have as close to ideal sleep conditions as possible (no light, the right temperature, nix the caffeine 5 hours before bed, keep a regular sleep schedule). Do your best to make sure that you get enough rest so that when you wake you’re alert and ready to write.
  4. Stretch out. Even if all you’re doing are chair stretches for ten minutes. Set a timer and do it regularly throughout your stint in the chair. (This one I can vouch for)
  5. Hey for that matter, get a good chair or a standing desk. Whatever works best for you. Nothing worse than a chair that gives you saddle sores or bends your spine out of shape.
  6. Walk around for a while. Bonus: This can help you generate or shake loose some ideas if you’re stuck. It’s as if physically moving helps you move through your brain.
  7. Stay hydrated. Don’t just drink coffee, tea, or alcohol as you write. Add a glass of water every now and then.
  8. Massage. We westerners filed this under a ‘luxury’ service because it feels so good. The thing is it feels so good because it’s good for you. All of those aches and pains you’re suffering can distract you in addition to making you miserable. Loosening up your muscles will loosen up a lot more in your head too. Massages are practically a necessity when you think about it.

It’s the usual sorts of things health experts and scientists say to do. I’ve just scaled it down to a minimum because that’s all I’m willing to do right now. If you have more to add to this list, I’m all ears. As you can probably tell, I’m writing this mainly for myself, but it will hopefully be of service to any of you other long suffering bodies out there.

Sure it seems self-explanatory, but maybe you need to hear it again. If you’re not feeling well, you’re less likely to be as productive, to have as much energy as you need, and to be able to write for as long as you’d like to. Breakdowns of the body can sometimes be pushed through, but they can also stop you cold. Why torment yourself when it’s so easy to do the bare minimum to keep yourself going?

So if you needed another reason to take some baby steps toward a healthier you, here’s another one: It will help your writing.


Kathryn is a Contributing Writer to TVWriter™. Learn more about Kate HERE