Around 12:30 am last night, Glen Mazzara (@glenmazzara), current showrunner of The Walking Dead and former writer on The Shield (amongst other shows), responded to tweeter @18MilesOut’s question “got any tips for a writer?” for 15 minutes with some great tips for aspiring writers out there.
I happened to check Twitter before logging off for the night, followed the whole thing, and decided to collect it here for myself as well as virtual posterity.
Thanks Mr. Mazzara!
- Everyone says write what you know. Bullshit. Write what you love.
- Write something that only YOU can write. That’s called Voice.
- Be bold. Commit to a point of view.
- Do not write for critics. Their job is to criticize.
- It’s never good enough. Revise.
- Write fast. Don’t censor yourself at first.
- Anxiety is good. All artists are anxious.
- You will never be Shakespeare so the pressure’s off.
- Tell a good story.
- Give your characters tough problems. Make it hard for them.
- Keep it simple. Read. Flashbacks are boring. Drama is conflict. Expect rejection. Write anyway.