New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel and created by Elizabeth Merriweather, has a team of talented writers (11 during the first season and 15 during the second season) and each episode can take a few weeks or more to write and ‘…as the show’s jokes rely on the actors’ performance instead of perfectly constructed punch lines…’ the actors are encouraged to pitch story ideas.
What I learnt from New Girl
- Just write about what and who you know and make it something you are proud of.
- Let people help. Collaboration can make your project better – especially in writing for TV.
- Don’t write a joke for the joke’s sake (especially a runner – an ongoing joke), make sure it fits, step back and view the whole piece to see if it works.
- Story lines and processes can be messy and organic – it’s more realistic.
- People hooking up always creates great conflict and audience interest. It’s not always the resolve of a situation but can be the start of one.
- Walking is great for remedying “writer’s block”.
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