Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Webshow: Therapy Scripts

In this week's video, the Bitter Puppet discusses the difficulty in reading a script written by a person who's using their creative process to work through their own emotional issues.  Plenty of artists have drawn from their own life as inspiration, but great writing needs to be more than just venting one's feelings.


  1. Amateur(ish) writers are a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, their stuff makes professional work look just that much better. On the other, it increases the noise levels to a pitch where it becomes difficult for those increasingly-rare skilled readers to find the genuinely professional work amongst the deluge of amateurish stuff.

  2. I relate. I was a reader for Zoetrope: All-Story from 2002 to 2007 and the amount of 9/11 short stories I read in the slush during that time - ack! And they were never good. I do enjoy a well done therapy movie, like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and (500) Days of Summer. Sideways also feels like a well done therapy novel/script. I think the author was working something out.

  3. Hi guys.

    Here's a question for SoCal/LA/Hollywood-based people...

    I've just been invited to join the writing staff of a new American cable network show. I'm still on the other side of the planet and have no idea what help and support I'll receive viz relocating, housing, etc, if any at all.

    Any advice for total noobz to the LA/Hollywood scene?



    1. First, congrats!

      Second, I don't know if you can expect much hope about relocating. is one of the more popular sites to check for openings, as is, but honestly, I found most of my apartments out here through either direct connections or just driving around looking for "For Rent" signs.

      Do you have a couch you can crash on for a couple weeks? That's what I and most of my friends did while we looked for our places. You might also try the Oakwoods at