What I Learned About Writing from Watching TV aka Justifying my TV Habit.
NCIS. A procedural, by the numbers, solve the murder show, right? Each week the same thing happens. Tony says something Gibbs overhears. I wonder how that many naval related murders could possibly happen. Abby is awesome. Tony teases McGee. Gibbs is gruff. They catch the bad guy.
What does this teach us about writing? There are tons of procedural shows like this. For me, this shows sometimes you just have to do something well. There’s a lot of emphasis on having the world’s most original idea when you start out in writing, but sometimes it’s about the execution. NCIS executes its idea well, week after week.
Try doing the same.
Quote: Rule Number One: Never let suspects stay together.
(I love Gibbs’s rules!)
I could have gone for: Numb3rs. Nikita.