Quote of the Day – Aziz Ansari

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“If you don’t write your own stuff no one is going to write it for you. The chances of someone wanting to take a blind shot for you… it’s not going to happen. No one would have ever have written Master of None for me. I had to do it myself.”

Here’s another dedication to this year’s Emmy award winning shows. Aziz Ansari just won the Emmy for best written comedy. In it’s debut season, “Master of None” has made quite an impression. If you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely worth a watch. Check out the winning episode, “Parents.” You’ll be hooked after the intro.

More importantly, the only way you’ll get your ideas out there is if you write them down. If you’ve got an idea that your passionate about, there’s an audience out there waiting to see it. Take it from Aziz.

Interview by George R. R. Martin

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Yesterday was the last day of Summer, and let me tell you what that means… “Winter is coming.” “Game of Thrones” recently broke records with the most Emmy wins for a drama, passing up “Frasier.” I became curious about the writer behind the scenes, George R. R. Martin. This great, in-depth, “Rolling Stones” article shows quite a bit about George’s thought processes. Enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea. Just remember, “you know nothing” until you read this interview.

George R. R. Martin Interview

 

Emmy Winners 2016

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This list is a little late, but it’s here for those who didn’t get a chance to watch the Emmy’s on Sunday. Overall, Jimmy Kimmel was a great host. If you’re not watching “Game of Thrones,” it’s not too late to binge away! It made history this weekend, winning it’s 38th Emmy Award, passing up “Frasier.”

These are the major winners of the 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Additional winners are listed at emmys.com.

Drama Series: Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Comedy Series: Veep” (HBO)

Mini-Series or Movie: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX)

TV Movie: “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (Masterpiece)” (PBS)

Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)

Variety Sketch Series: “Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)

Actor in a Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent

Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep

Actor in a Drama Series: Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”

Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie: Courtney B. Vance, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie: Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Supporting Actor in a Drama: Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline”

Supporting Actress in a Drama: Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey

Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Louie Anderson, “Baskets

Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Sterling K. Brown, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie: Regina King, “American Crime

*Reality Host: RuPaul Charles, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (Logo)

Reality Competition Program: “The Voice” (NBC)

Writing for a Comedy Series: Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, “Master of None” (“Parents”)

Writing for a Drama Series: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, “Game of Thrones” (“Battle of the Bastards”)

Writing for a Mini-Series or Movie: D.V. DeVincentis, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (“Marcia, Marcia, Marcia”)

*Writing for a Variety Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Writing for a Variety Special: Patton Oswalt, “Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping”

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Quote of the Day – Joss Whedon

Writing is all about reflection of self. Nobody wants to see the parts of you that they’ve all seen before. People crave originality, so dig deep inside and pull out that weird part of you you’re always trying to hide at parties. Chances are, that’s the stuff that will make your story great and will attract an audience with the same weirdness as you who have been waiting to see it properly displayed.

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Writing Podcasts

Stuck with a long morning commute or looking for a way to train your mind as you train your body on the treadmill? Podcasts are a great way to learn something new with minimal effort. Think of it like reading without the reading part. We’ve assembled a collection of fantastic Writing Podcasts that any storyteller could benefit from.

Writing Excuses 

First up we have Writing Excuses! A quick and dirty podcast perfect for those new to the format. Just 15 minutes an episode, Writing Excuses inserts a lot of knowledge into a short and fun package. You’ll be wishing they were longer, but fret not because there’s plenty for you to dig into!

Grammar Girl

Grammar can easily be the bane of any writer’s existence. Nothing makes you question your writing ability like having to run to google for the millionth time to confirm whether you need to use “lay” or “lie.” That’s where Grammar Girl comes to the rescue! You won’t find a friendlier guide to syntax  and morphology this side of the Internet.

The Dead Robot’s Society

This podcast created by Justin Macumber is aimed at aspiring writers, but can be enjoyed by anyone thanks to it’s in depth author interviews, writing tips, book reviews and analysis of the industry. The light format proves to be a great way to tackle some of the deeper aspects of writing.

I Should Be Writing

Here we have the essential writing podcast, Mur Lafferty’s I Should be Writing. Winner of the Podcast Peer Award and Parsec Award, ISBW is a great resource for any aspiring writer looking to go-pro. She covers tons of writing need to know and has had some fantastic guests over her 200+ episode run. There’s plenty of reason that you should be listening.

 

Let us know what horrible people we are for leaving off your favorite writing podcast, but most of all let us know what those podcasts are!