Monday, November 5, 2007

National Novel Writing Month: Day 5 & WGA Writer Strike Update

Well, it's happened. The WGA strikes Hollywood. Wow. I'm really shocked and am going to be following all of the coverage. Leno, Letterman and late-night TV will probably be in reruns tonight (already!) and more shows will soon follow. I listened to a sound bite from Marc Cherry (creator of Desperate Housewives) and he thought this was definitely needed. He said writers were hurt by the boom of DVD sales from years ago and didn't get proper compensation. The news also reports that other writer organizations may soon join and back WGA. Anyone a member of WGA? I'm not, but I hope to be some day.

Back to NaNo- it's day 5! I'm around 10,500 words and going strong. The forums are working sooo much better over at NaNo and the site is much faster.

Share your word counts, if you dare. :)

6 shout outs:

Stephanie said...

Wow, crazy about the strike. It's interesting how much a strike, no matter what the industry, affects us but that so many people don't really think it's going to do much until it happens. That was confusing, but I'm sure you get my point. I'm curious as to how long this will last.

Btw, Nano is at a sad 600 words thus far, but I'll be working on it tonight. The weekend was not very conducive to writing!

Emily Marshall said...

Okay, I really need to read more about this strike. I've been hearing about it, but not paying attention, really. Which is wrong, since it's on a very important subject that affects me: TV viewing.

Must go read about it...now.

I did get some NaNo words in yesterday and a few this morning. So I'm around 3570, now. Which is far better off then I was yesterday. I should have some time to get some more in today before work. It's easy, once I remind myself it's okay to write crap.

Writerperson said...

One of my three dearest friends is a WGA honcho and a writer for reality TV, where they are paid a third of what scripted writers are paid and are hired and fired every few months so they get no benefits. So she's been working 80 hours a week at the WGA to help organize this strike. It seems only fair to me that the people who actually create the shows get a residual from DVD and other sales. But of course, I'm a writer, and hit 6862 on my Nano novel last night.

Jessica Burkhart said...

Don't despair, Steph! You'll get it going. :)

Yeah, Emily, it is really important. I'm following every bit of coverage.

Hi, Writerperson! Thanks for stopping by. I completely agree that many writers are left without many benefits and rights they deserve. If you have any news, please do come back and keep us posted! :)

Barrie said...

Re the strike: this is one of the few times I'm glad to be a season behind in Gray's and The Office! I'll finally have a chance to catch up!

Mary Danielson said...

I'm really glad the writers decided to strike. After reading an article by Tina Fey last week, I'm willing to sacrifice a little of my t.v. enjoyment for it. They definitely have been given the short end of the stick for quite some time!

And Nano started a little slowly for me, thanks to a really busy beginning of November, but now I'm at around 3000 words and moving right along. I'm trying to catch up to the WC goal by Friday!

...and Steph may have only had 600 words this morning, but chica is at 3400 now! Woohoo! Go Nanoers! I'm so glad Nano is working out well for you again, Jess!

 
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