This post would be quicker if I wrote what I did NOT learn about writing from watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. For the purposes of not writing a dissertation (!) let’s talk about how experimental Buffy was. The all musical episode “Once More, with Feeling”. The episode where they lose their voices “Hush” (there’s only 17 minutes of dialogue in a 44 minute TV Show. Imagine pitching that ep). The dreamlike “Restless”.
This teaches me that it’s okay to take risks. To push the boat out. To try something new. But you have to be confident in your writing and your characters first. The episodes I have quoted are not season one eps, let’s note. But don’t be afraid to try.
(And now I must watch Buffy. Because it is AWESOME).
Quote: Professor Walsh: "So this is what it is. Talking about communication. Talking about language. Not the same thing. It's about inspiration. Not the idea, but the moment before the idea, when it's total. When it blossoms in your mind and connects to everything. It's about the thoughts and experiences that we don't have a word for."
I could have gone for: Bones. Black Mirror. Big Bang Theory. Blossom! I’ll stop there.