This Week’s Posts TVWriter™ Wishes We’d Published

Some recent articles from other websites on TV, TV writing, and the TV biz that we think y’all should know about:

Block Out Distractions and Regain Focus With Mental Narration
by Patrick Allan

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If you’re having trouble focusing on your tasks, narrating a short script in your head about what you need to do might help you zero in. We all have those days where your mind doesn’t want to focus on any work. When that happens, you need to find a way to put the productivity train back on the tracks. Charles Duhigg, author of Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business, suggests that explaining to yourself what you’re going to do, as if it were a story, can help you regain your focus. Duhigg explains to Science of Us….

Read it all at Lifehacker

The good, the bad, and the ugly
by Ken Levine

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I’ve always maintained that improvisation workshops are great training for comedy writers. They teach how to be more spontaneous, how to develop a scene, create characters, and appreciate just how difficultreal acting is.

Lots of today’s sitcoms are room written. Rewrites (and in some cases, first drafts) are done by a team of writers sitting around a conference table filled with junk food. Everyone is expected to pitch in, which usually means jokes. It’s a unique talent and there are few opportunities to learn and practice it. Improv classes are ideal….

Read it all at Ken Levine’s blog 

What I Learned About Writing from Coloring Books
by Meredith Allard

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As I’ve said before (in this post), I’ve joined the coloring book craze. I loved coloring when I was a kid, and as it happens I still love to color. I consider myself a wannabe crafter, and I used to dabble in painting with acrylics, and while coloring isn’t actually crafting or creating an original work of art, it still allows me to play with colors….

Read it all at Meredith Allard’s Blog

Sorry, Movies, We’re Just Not That Into You — TV Is Now The Place To Go For Great Rom-Coms
by Lauren Le Vine

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David Wain’s 2014 rom-comparody They Came Together opens with Joel (Paul Rudd) and his partner Molly (Amy Poehler) having dinner with another affable-yet-typical couple, Kyle (Bill Hader) and Karen (Ellie Kemper). It’s a scene that will provide the framework for the entire movie, as it involves Molly and Joel describing their adorable courtship — you know, how they came together. After Kyle and Karen finish their how-they-met story in a concise two minutes, Kyle inquires, “So, how did you two meet?”…

Read it all at Refinery 29