Star Wars – The True Historical Inspirations

Did you know that Emperor Palpatine wasn’t inspired by Hitler? He was actually inspired by Richard Nixon! This article is full of fun and interesting facts behind the historical inspirations of Star Wars.

History.com: The Real History That Inspired “Star Wars”

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In-Depth Look – Lisa Joy

This week marks the last week of our In-Depth series of Emmy posts. I hope you enjoyed reading them and learning about some of the best writers of the year. This week, Lisa Joy teaches us the importance of knowing it’s never too late to get your start. She was on a solid path as a lawyer, but secretly held a love for writing.

Lisa is most well known for having written “Pushing Daisies,” “Burn Notice,” and “Westworld.” Those are some pretty amazing shows. She was recently nominated in the category of Writing for a Drama Series at the 2017 Emmy Awards. If you want to see the full list of nominees and the winners, you can find it here: Emmy Winners 2017

Learn more about how Lisa came to be a writer here: Cosmopolitan – Get That Life: How I Became the Co-Creator of Westworld

Quote of the Day – Melissa Rosenberg

Melissa Rosenberg is the wonderful lady who brought you “Dexter,” “Jessica Jones,” and the “Twilight” series. She’s got some great words of advice here. You can always start something. In fact it’s easy to start things. It’s the things that you’re resilient with that you become good at. The key to being a good writer, or a writer at all, is far more simple than you may think. It’s your resilience in the craft. Write something and pick up where you left off, and do it over and over again until it’s finished. It sounds simple, but it’s one of the hardest things you can do. Life finds a million reasons to throw obstructions in your path to stop you from becoming what you want to be. Don’t let it. Not today, not tomorrow, not any day. Be resilient, and your success will come.

In-Depth Interview – Peter Morgan

Up next in our series of Emmy nominees in the category of Writing for a Drama Series is Peter Morgan for having written “The Crown.” If you’d like to see a full list of nominees and the winners you can find them here: Emmy Winners 2017. Before this, Peter had been most well-known for having written movies such as “Frost/Nixon,” “Rush,” “The Last King of Scotland,” and “The Queen.”

This interview is great, because it’s spoiler-free! Also, it gives you a great insight on what the show is about, and what it’s like approaching a very important part of history as a writer.

A few questions from the interview:

So the American conception of what royalty means, culturally, is very different from what it means in Britain. What it’s like to communicate, to those who may not be aware, just what kind of impact somebody being “the Queen” has on a culture?”

It’s interesting — the word “job” comes up a lot when you talk about this. If you were to write the job description for the Queen at this point, what would it look like? What are her qualifications? What are her responsibilities? Or is that too big a question?”

What would your response be to finding out that an American writer was doing essentially exactly the same sort of show, but as an American, with an American perspective? “

You can find the full article here: IndieWire: ‘The Crown’ Creator Peter Morgan Is Amazed That the Queen Isn’t Royally Screwed Up