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Writing Heroes and Breaking Genres ft. Tamara Becher-Wilkinson (Doom Patrol/Daredevil) (PT144)

Alex and Nick invite Tamara Becher-Wilkinson, writer and co-executive producer on Doom Patrol and Daredevil, to discuss her writing process, breaking stories across different genres, and her experiences in the writers’ room.

What are ways of overcoming procrastination and imposter’s syndrome? How can you stay creatively fulfilled while working across multiple genres? What has the experience been working on both DC and Marvel properties? What was the writers’ room of Doom Patrol like? Why does representation matter in genre? How do you balance meta and absurdity with grounded characters and stakes?

The Paper Team patrols…

PT144 Tamara Becher Wilkinson

Content

Writing Heroes and Breaking Genres with Tamara Becher-Wilkinson (00:32)
Final Advice, Resources, and Next Week On (48:09)

Links

Tamara Becher-Wilkinson on Twitter
Doom Patrol on DC Universe
Daredevil on Netflix
Runaways on Hulu
Warehouse 13
Covert Affairs
Cop Land
“When Rabbit Howls” – Truddi Chase

Resources

“Writing for Emotional Impact” – Karl Iglesias
Children of Tendu

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Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode.

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Comedy v. Drama II: Blurred Lines (PT143)

Alex and Nick revisit the topic of one of their seminal episodes: Comedy versus Drama. Should you still declare a major in the age of dramedies and blurred formats? Are boundaries and page-count still relevant as a TV writer? How should you approach staffing and your writing samples in today’s era?

Content

1 – What we covered three years ago and what prompted this episode (00:33)
2 – How these blurred lines have affected TV staffing and the industry (11:52)
3 – How this evolution has impacted our own TV writing (21:30)
4 – Frequently asked questions (31:26)

Links

Comedy v. Drama: Declare Your TV Major (PT02)
TV Writing for Comedy & Drama ft. Michelle Badillo & Caroline Levich (PT115)
Paper Scraps Monthly – Records, Routine, and Resolution (PT140)

If you enjoyed this episode and others, please consider supporting us on Patreon at paperteam.co/patreon! :)

Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode.

You can find Paper Team on Twitter:
Alex@TVCalling
Nick@_njwatson
For any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: [email protected]

How to Take Feedback (PT142)

Alex and Nick discuss how to take feedback in your TV writing. Whether you’re on staff or working on your own projects, why and how should you take notes, and when should you say no?

Why is it important to be malleable with your TV scripts? What are the differences in approaching notes as a staff writer and with your own material? How do you deconstruct feedback and understand what needs to be fixed? How should you take a note? When is it worth saying no? How do you reject a note?

Content

1 – The mindset of receiving criticism (00:23)
2 – Why and how to take a note (07:26)
3 – Deconstructing feedback and “the note behind the note” (15:10)
4 – Why and how to reject a note (20:16)
Takeaways and Next Week On (27:28)

Links

Feedback and Notes: Building Your Reading Onion (PT08)

If you enjoyed this episode and others, please consider supporting us on Patreon at paperteam.co/patreon! :)

Special thanks to Alex Switzky for helping us edit this episode.

You can find Paper Team on Twitter:
Alex@TVCalling
Nick@_njwatson
For any questions, comments or feedback, you can e-mail us: [email protected]