Friday 26 April 2013

A-Z Challenge: W: West Wing + Celebrate the Small Things: April 26

Two aims again today:

First the A-Z then Celebrate The Small Things:

A-Z: What I Learned About Writing from Watching TV: W

Ah West Wing. The obvious choice for W. 

Also: Rob Lowe. Which would make up for a lot of bad writing but in this instance, he doesn’t have to. 

West Wing is an intelligent show which doesn’t try not to be. It doesn’t assume the audience are idiots. I live in the UK and I don’t know the ins and outs of American politics like somebody who lives in America, but the show never felt the need to overly explain it to me. The dialogue was fast. The politics were argued, but not so much it overwhelmed the plot. We saw people with important jobs as people. It was witty. It assumed we could follow, and we did.

Don’t assume you have to write down and explain everything. Sometimes, people will get it.

Now to Celebrate The Small Things! 26 April Edition.

I do this every week and an awesome bunch of people join in with me. We celebrate a few small things from that week. The 'I finally lost that final 2 pounds' 'I went to the gym' 'I wrote a chapter of a new idea' type celebrations. See here  for more info.

My celebrations is reaching W in the A-Z OF COURSE. YAY!

How about you?

Here's the linky: do hop around and celebrate with other people ;)


  1. Yay for reaching X!! It's been a bit of a slog, but we're nearing the finish line *does a happy dance*

  2. I'm celebrating making it to W, too. I recently read the same tip in a writing book. K.I.S.S. or keep it simple scribe.

  3. Absolutely adore the West Wing. I watch it in syndication on Netflix from time to time :) And congrats on making it to W--woooohooo!

  4. I love the dialogue on West Wing. I've seriously watched it just for that! Amazingly intelligent show :)

  5. All of you who participated in the A-Z Challenge: You are awesome...of course, every blog needs a few lurkers, i.e., me! I am curious what everyone comes up with for X and Y!

    Keep celebrating!

  6. I watched it for the first few seasons and then stopped - don't remember why now - but I enjoyed it. I loved the snappy dialogue. :)

    And closing in on the Challenge...

  7. I never saw it but NOT because it wasn't dumbdown lol
    Yay for shows who don't pretend people are idiots, there should more like those.

    W!!!!! You are doing wonderful ;)

  8. Yay for W!
    And I love your tip! Sometimes we have to give readers more white space, and not overwhelm with our words.

  9. A fantastic show, and a great lesson to be learned from it.

  10. Three more letters!
    And I will be back on track with the bloghop next week, Vik.

  11. West Wing was a marvelous television series. Thanks for the memories...

  12. West Wing was good. Celebrating the fact I did this challenge at all. Whoo!

  13. Great celebration, I am continually amazed at how you guys have kept this going all month. Well done and nearly there!

  14. I hated to see West Wing stop. I was a huge fan and that's saying a lot because there aren't many shows I watch repeatedly.

    Sorry but no Small Things for me today. I'm swamped. After April I'll get my act together. I hope.

  15. JL - thank you ;)

    Rebeccah - does *happy dance* with you

    Scribbles From Jenn - Love Keep It Simple Scribe! :)

    randi lee- I LOVE it. and thank you ;)

    meradeth- the dialogue is awesome and the actors are so good, delivering it so naturally.

    Inge H. - nearly there, I will be glad to be done! :)

    Madeline - you know I didn't watch until the end either and couldn't tell you why!

    S.K. - absolutely, I enjoy shows which assume I understand. W!! YAY.

    Tyrean - white space is a great way to put it.

    M.J. - glad you enjoyed the lesson!

    Alex - just three! And no problem!

    Cathrina - no problem. It was SUCH A good show.

    Sheena-kay - me TOO!

    Suzanne - very nearly OMG!

    Ink - I couldn't agree more!

    C. Lee - no worries re Small Things and West Wing was such a good show!

  16. Believe me, there aren't many people at all who like the ins and outs of American politics!

    W is great. Trying not to count the countdown!

  17. Heh, fair enough :)

    I know, nearly done!

  18. West Wing is a great show! Congratulations on losing that final 2 lbs.! Heading to check out your new idea now. (Took me a little longer today, but I finally got my post up...)

  19. Ah the see here was more info about the blog hop, I didn't word that right!!

    West wing was great ;)

  20. Haha, so true about Rob Lowe. The West Wing was so awesome. Rare to find a show when I love all the characters but that was the case there.

  21. Yay for W! It was nice to see Rob resurrected.

  22. That is something to celebrate *chills wine* The end is almost here and I've added entire new scenes to my YA series, thanks to this challenge holding me accountable *and increasing my recommended daily allowance of coffee* Congrats!!

  23. One of my very favorite shows! I named my two cats after characters on the show (Josh and Toby, FWIW). :)

  24. I've never got round to watching the West Wing, I must put it on my rental list.

    Oh, and yay for W day! xxx

  25. Julie - yes absolutely they were all great! (Including Mr Lowe!)

    M Pax - it was, I do like Rob Lowe!

    writerlysam - nearly at the end! Hurrah!

    Lara - ah AWESOME names for cats!

    Heather - I would definitely rec it!


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