Pulling Your Hair Out: Conversations About The Writing Process

TV writer Richard Lowe talks with writers about how they write and what drives them to pull their hair out. (New episodes coming April 2019!)
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Jun 28, 2017

Mike Roe is a writer based in Los Angeles. His sitcom pilot, Student Government, made it to the quarterfinals of the 2016 Austin Film Festival screenplay competition. It also received a staged reading at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and a fully staged production at the Pack Theater. Mike writes and performs with Pack Theater house team Dandy and writes for topical sketch comedy show Top Story Weekly. He was also a finalist for NBC’s Late Night Writers Workshop. By day, he works as a journalist for NPR affiliate KPCC, covering news and pop culture. His pop culture coverage earned him a nomination for a National Entertainment Journalism award.

"We locked ourselves in the hotel and just wrote for a weekend, to just go write somewhere else and not be distracted."

• Mike Roe on Twitter

The Pack Theater

• The sketch team Dandy

Top Story Weekly




// Pulling Your Hair Out is produced and hosted by Richard Lowe. Music by Joshua Moshier.

Jun 14, 2017

Paul Ditty is a TV writer. His first writing “break” came in the form of a book when his satire of Nancy Drew books, The Straight Shooter: A Nate Dainty Manhunt, was published in 2010. Most recently, Paul’s dramatic comedy, Thoroughly Mormon Millie, was a second rounder at Austin Film Festival and his Mindy Project spec was a top-three finalist in Final Draft’s Big Break Competition. Currently, Paul lives in Long Beach with his husband Eddie along with their cat, dog and drought tolerant yard.

"Four years ago I couldn't have [written an hour-long script]. I needed the practice of writing. But writing this half-hour about the weight loss left me really dissastisfied. It made me realize, "You know what, I want to tell longer stores." Not because I don't want to edit, but because I just feel like sometimes when I write something there's a lot more to tell about it. So the good thing about that script is that it did bring me to the decision to write "Millie" as an hour."

• Paul Ditty on Twitter

Freedom app

The Pomodoro Technique


// Pulling Your Hair Out is produced and hosted by Richard Lowe. Music by Joshua Moshier.