Monday, June 12, 2006

Writing: My GOD she's awesome. She even has a blog!

That's right. Comics writer extraordinaire Gail Simone has a blog. And as you might expect from Gail Simone, it is good.

Take this post about finding the truth in whatever scene you're writing. She knows what she's talking about. Lots of people can write a fun, imaginative super-hero romp. Gail's one of only a couple of people I can think of who makes you believe in it. Ed Brubaker's the other. Where's his blog? (Okay, maybe Brian K. Vaughan too.)

Even if super-heroes aren't your thing, her advice applies to whatever you're doing. It's the difference between caring about your work and being a hack.

"The point is, find the truth of the scene, even if that truth only makes sense to you. Craft is important, vitally important, and nothing to be ashamed of. But if you haven't, in the end, got some truth in the script...why did you bother writing it? Let someone else write Steven Segal's movies. Let someone else write the next shitty sitcom. You have work to do."

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