Typing Faster

November 30, 2009

Don’t Hold Anything Back

Filed under: Craft, Sons of Anarchy — petertypingfaster @ 10:26 pm

We all know that I’m a huge fan of Sons of Anarchy, and it’s my pleasure to direct you to a great interview Maureen Ryan did with SoA creator Kurt Sutter. Of particular note is this little tid bit.

Sutter chose not to hold back on any ideas for Season 2. “My sense is, if it’s organic and it works, [putting big events in the story] will create more story. If your characters are real and your relationships are organic you can’t help but create more compelling stories. I think when you start to hold stuff back and try to fill in the spaces in between, that’s when you get network TV.”

I wanted to highlight it because the sentiment behind it is bang on. You should never hold stuff back “for next season,” because there’s never a guarantee that you’ll get a next season (just ask Joss Whedon).

Don’t be afraid to go big, to do the outrageous, unthinkable thing, because at the very least you’ll be able to mine the aftermath for the next episode.

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