MFA, television writer/producer, author; WGA member whose credits include Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Wildfire, Unhappily Ever After and Encore, Encore, Ms. Lynch has written for NBC, Fox, WB, Lifetime, HBO, MTV, USA and ABC Family. She co-wrote the New York Times bestseller City of Dark Magic (Penguin Books) under the pseudonym Magnus Flyte.
Writing for television is unique in that it’s highly collaborative as well as fairly “standardized” in terms of length and structure, all of which is anathema to most writers, and yet some of the most exciting, original, compelling stories today are being told in this medium. Every series begins with one person’s idea, and from that, a whole world eventually emerges. I believe in encouraging my students to be as original as possible, to surprise themselves, and to find stories that have emotional resonance for them, even if they’re set on Mars a thousand years in the future. I want them to think big—not about a shot, a character, or a scene, but about an entire world. Aspiring writers have ideas, beginning writers write one draft, and professionals rewrite, rewrite, rewrite—being able to incorporate feedback while remaining true to your own vision is perhaps the hardest but most essential skill to develop you want to work in television.
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