The Writers Guild of America, West’s Take on Net Neutrality


Edgar Allan Poe – Demon Hunter

Aw, c’mon, think about it. Swirl that concept around in your brain for awhile.

Then add Idris Elba to the equation and think again.

Idris isn’t starring, but he is producing – a project that was first devised back in the 1970s. If that isn’t inspiring enough for even the most impatient unproduced writer, what is?

Not Edgar Allen Poe but a genuinely cool guy!

Not Edgar Allen Poe but a genuinely cool guy!

by Victoria McNally

Once upon a midnight dreary, Elba pondered, weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—and then he found an old book about Edgar Allan Poe doing battle with the devil and thought, “I would absolutely pay to see that movie.” So his company, Green Door Productions, will be overseeing a three-part film adaptation.

While it sounds like an unholy concoction of supernatural nonsense devised by the guy who came up with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter—both of which also have their own adaptations too, by the way—Poe Must Die was actually written in 1978 by the late Marc Olden. Here’s the synopsis from Olden’s website, where you can also read a sample chapter if you’re so inclined:

Against a backdrop of New York City in the 1840’s, a hellhole of crime and squalor, Edgar Allan Poe plays out a deadly game, fighting not only the demonic forces waged against him, but also his personal demons, the memory of his beloved wife and the alcohol he consumes in order to forget her.

Pierce James Figg, a renowned ex-bare knuckle fighter, has arrived in New York from London carrying with him a letter of introduction from Charles Dickens to Edgar Allan Poe. Figg is pursuing Jonathan the sorcerer and spiritualist. The man who brutally murdered his wife.

Jonathan seeks the Throne of Solomon which will grant him immortality and dominion over Lucifer, Asmodeus and all the demons of the upper air. His search has led him to New York.

Frail, gallant Edgar Allan Poe and the grieving, brilliant boxer unite in a perilous mission to find and destroy Jonathan before he can achieve his goal of controlling Lucifer and thereby change the destiny of the world.

When is a VIdeo Game Not a Game?


When it’s a story.

Oh, no, wait. No, then it’s still a game – but a great one. Like LIFE IS STRANGE:

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How to Develop a TV Show

By the ever-wise – and ever-funny – Ken Levine. So you know this is true:

by Ken Levine

Got some interesting comments on a piece I posted about visiting the DMV. You can read it here if you missed it or repressed it. thimk

A number of you suggested the DMV might be a good setting for a sitcom. You talked about all the wacky people the staff could encounter, etc. There must be plenty of goofy anecdotes that a writer could draw from. It’s an arena ripe for comedy.

You’d think it was a natural.  And it might be.

But it’s also a big trap.

What you’ve developed is a setting not a series. Good shows start from characters.

So how would I develop this? I keep a file of interesting settings, funny possible characters, fragments of ideas – a lot of stuff I’ll end up never using. In that file, among the crap, will be the DMV.

Let’s say that some time later I’m developing a series about a character who feels trapped. How does a person cope while trying to escape the chains of his life? I need to give him a job. What’s an arena that’s soul sucking and suffocating? Well, there are many to choose from, but that too is a trap. You need a boring job that won’t be boring for the audience.

Probably a good start is a work environment where he has to deal with the public. That also distinguishes it from THE OFFICE. So now I’m running through situations where the public is involved.

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TVWriter™ Top Posts for the Week Ending 2/27/15


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Peggy Bechko: Writers Facing Conflict

Peggy Bechko: Writing, Solitude, and Us (Writers)

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2015 People’s Pilot Early Bird Entry Discount Ends Sunday Night


A quick heads-up for everybody planning to enter TVWriter™’s 2015 People’s Pilot Competition. (Which, as we’ve said before should be all of you because getting your career started is a wonderful thing.)

The regular price for the PP is $50/entry, but our Early Bird Discount cuts that by 30% to $35 if you enter by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on March 1, 2015.

This doesn’t mean you have to upload your entry by that date. You can hold onto it or finish it or revise it up to the very last minute entries will be accepted – 11:59 pm Pacific Time, June 1, 2015.

Sign in for your 2015 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

Remember – as an Entrant, Semi-Finalist, Finalist, or of course Winner you’ll be in the august company of previously unknown writers who are, or over the past few years have been, on the staffs of CHICAGO PD, CHICAGO FIRE, PERSON OF INTEREST, THE WALKING DEAD, RIZZOLI AND ISLES, GREY’S ANATOMY, ROME, NTSF:SD:SUV, KILLER WOMEN, ANIMAL PRACTICE, THE LEFTOVERS, FX’s upcoming THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER, and more.

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