Some of the boldest, most adventurous writing is happening on TV. In this ongoing series, we deliver writing lessons gleaned from our favorite shows airing in the golden age of television.

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Here's the first post in a series that will focus on writing lessons authors can glean from some of the great shows airing in this golden age of TV.

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There’s something about a great villain that can engage an audience, energize a book, and provide a satisfying source of conflict.

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In dramatic writing, internal conflict is basically the darkest aspects of a character married to that individual’s greatest fears.

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Discussions about structure tend to offer formulas, though formulas often lead to formulaic stories. But an understanding of narrative structure is important: you have to know the rules before you break them.

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You need a good straight man (or woman) to bring your comedic, heroic, or otherwise unconventional characters into sharper focus.

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