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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.
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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."

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