From The Writers' Room

From the Writers’ Room is a regular feature where we invite the writer behind the most recent serial episode to give us a behind-the-scenes glimpse at just what went into this week’s installment.

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Cecilia Tan on Writing Geek Actually Episode 12 “System Failure”

Episode 12 is by far the heaviest of all the Geek Actually chapters. Three major breakdowns in sexual situations happen, and that's putting it mildly: content warning for sexual assault and harassment.

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All Aspiring Writers Should Embrace These Five Practices

I’ve been a professional (read: paid) writer since I signed my first contract in 1999. In that time, I’ve been able to go from working full time at a day job to writing full time. Here’s my favorite advice for people aspiring to be professional writers.

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Mur Lafferty on writing Bookburners S3E5: “Time Capsule”

One of the most interesting things about Season Three is turning the tables on our existing relationships. Whereas we saw Menchu as the solid, do-no-wrong father figure and Asanti as the rogue, untrustworthy one in season Two, now Menchu is the one with things to hide, and when his secrets come out, he's now the untrustworthy one. 

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Melissa Blue on Writing Geek Actually Episode 11 “It’s Not Me, It’s You”

The world is rarely fair. This episode let me imagine how I would make it so. The virgin hero was just the icing on the cake.

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Rachel Stuhler on Writing Geek Actually Episode 10 “Well, Actually…”

"Well, actually" happens to be one of my least favorite sayings because I swear, it never leads to anything good. 

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Brian Francis Slattery on writing Bookburners S3E4: “All in a Day’s Work”

I enjoyed writing this episode for its sense of foreshadowing, the way it lays down a few basic principles that we planned to use for the rest of the season.

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Andrea Philips on writing Bookburners S3E3: “Hard Bargain”

Because that's the other side of thrifty writing: on the one hand, you need to use the story threads you have, so they don't go to waste. But just like a diligent farmer saving seeds for next year's crops, serial writers also have to look to the future.

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Margaret Dunlap on writing Bookburners S3E2: “Faces of the Beast”

Two episodes in. Eleven more to go. Buckle up everybody

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Max Gladstone on writing Bookburners S3E1: “Bubbles of Earth”

Here we go again—but different.

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Rachel Stuhler on Writing Geek Actually Episode 7 “Pussy Bites Back”

At the writer’s summit, we invoked Beyonce and Lemonade, which lead me to create a “bad-ass ladies of music playlist” as background music while I tackled PBB.

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Cecilia Tan on Writing Geek Actually Episode 6 “Can You Not”

Among the thorny topics facing our heroines in this episode, the one that was right in my wheelhouse was "BDSM scenes gone wrong."

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Melissa Blue on Writing Geek Actually Episode 5 “Beware of Rage Bait”

If you’ve never rage-quit a game, then you don’t know what it means to be alive.

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