Taking your time has its benefits

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” — Teddy Roosevelt

One of the easiest ways to bum yourself out is to compare your output to another writer. It can feel like everyone is writing more than us. …


Five things I wish someone had told me after I staffed on my first TV show

“Be careful what you wish for, lest it come true!” — Aesop. Also, Drake.

When it comes to breaking into TV and film, most emerging writers focus on things like getting an agent or manager, staffing on their first TV show, or selling their screenplay. But no one ever asks…


Your wildest ideas are your best ideas

Every writer reaches a point during a project when they realize they need to make some big changes. The story’s not working and needs a fresh direction. Or a character is boring, unmotivated, cliché. …


How every writer’s wily foe returns again and again

I hit a Medium milestone last month when an article I wrote was selected for “further distribution” for the first time. It was exciting, to say the least, and led to more reads and views for anything I’ve written on here. By far. After a couple of months of learning…


Wonder is every writer’s greatest ally

I have been jealous of confident people my whole life. Those talented folks who make everything look so damn easy. The types who walked out of the womb knowing how to climb mountains, who shrug off the odds of impossible goals and just go for it.

I was raised with…


Four tips for notes that are actually helpful

Every writer can agree: terrible notes are the worst. There’s nothing more frustrating than giving your all to a piece of writing for days, weeks, months, years, only to get back a bullet list of vague, often contradictory musings from a would-be helpful colleague/now-former-friend.

Of course, some of the blame…


Three sketch-writing techniques to bring your characters to life

Great writing is all about great characters. They are the eyes and ears who help our readers discover the new worlds we work so tirelessly to craft. They move us, make us laugh and cry. …


Three foundational steps every aspiring writer must take

So you want to get into TV writing but you don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’ve been Googling around, lurking on screenwriting Reddits and you’ve found a lot of info but like it’s a lot. Too much even.

Rest assured: I’m here to break it down for you…


Adjusting expectations is the key to productivity

If you’ve spent any time researching productivity, you’ve come across this maxim: “We all have the same 24 hours.”

Love it or hate it, if you’re like me, you often feel you don’t have enough time to get everything done. Ironically, since the pandemic hit, time is the one thing…


Four tips to help write an effective TV sample script

Ah, January. That special month when we all try to get back on track and when TV writers realize that holy s**t it’s already January and the new pilot I was going to write for staffing season sucks. Hard! Maybe I can just swap out these MoviePass jokes from last…

Andrew Barbot

Andrew writes TV shows, movies, and silly songs for his kids.

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