Soap Writing 101: Plotting, Pantsing, and Pretty Little Liars

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about characterization and plotting on soaps—as kind of an expansion on a Twitter thread I wrote back in 2017. When it comes to most kinds of fiction writing, there are “plotters” and there are “pantsers.” A plotter outlines and diagrams every beat, every decision, that goes into creating a… Read More Soap Writing 101: Plotting, Pantsing, and Pretty Little Liars

Becoming, Part Two

Angelus: No weapons… no friends… no hope. Take all that away and what’s left? Buffy: Me. -Buffy the Vampire Slayer Figuring out who we’re meant to be can be a lifelong process. I’ve spent years propelling myself around like a pinball, batted between this gig and that gig. A few months ago, I considered getting… Read More Becoming, Part Two

Justified, My Love (Sorry! Couldn’t Help Myself!): Saying Goodbye to the FX Series

After six seasons, FX’s Justified came to a perfect close this week. Though buckets of blood bathed the episodes leading up to the finale, the last hour was all about quiet, hard-won farewells. Viewers said goodbye to so many memorable characters. Timothy Olyphant’s Raylan Givens, the gunslinger who, despite his white hat and noble intentions, was… Read More Justified, My Love (Sorry! Couldn’t Help Myself!): Saying Goodbye to the FX Series