Welcome to our first bonus mini-episode on writing – because we talk about writing so much, and we all write so much, and because there are so many different kinds of writing. But first…here’s our takeoff point:
A couple of weeks ago, Laurie Kilmartin talked to Vulture about writing for Conan O’Brien and this is the kind of nerd sh-t we live for: what it’s like writing for a host, waiting to see how many jokes get into the monologue, and which ones land. What’s the difference been writing for someone else or on a scripted show and/or for yourself? Are you like me? Do you secretly dream of being a speechwriter?
Also… do you have writing hacks? Best practices to get you into the flow? Laurie’s shared some on Twitter:
Hey aspiring comedy writers, when my brain is foggy or I just need multiple punchlines for the same setup, sometime I consult my transitions list! It’s dumb but it helps: pic.twitter.com/BCp3hYmyez— Laurie Kilmartin (@anylaurie16) April 25, 2018
And here’s a previous list of comedy phrases that should be retired that was posted in 2016 that’s a good reference:
As a public service, here are the two boards from the Workaholics writer's room of comedy phrases that need to be retired, started season 2. pic.twitter.com/DHZqhqU5D5— John Quaintance (@John_Quaintance) November 18, 2016
Pretty sure we’re all guilty of using one or several of these at one point or another.
This is just the first in what will likely be a series of writing episodes – and it doesn’t just apply to those who write in the entertainment industry. I’ve recently been at a few non-entertainment industry conferences and good writing is a work essential in business, period. Last week I attended an advisory board for my alma mater and one of the council members shared that they’ve been hearing from recruitment agencies and human resources staff that job applications these days are so poorly written, they’re bringing in people with less technical experience in the field who demonstrate they can write…because you can learn a lot of the tech sh-t, but you need a foundation for communication. So let’s talk about writing. Let’s talk MORE about writing.
Share with us your writing tips, your tricks, your hacks. And let us know what you think of our mini-episode and what you would like us to address next time!
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