Dear Bad Writer, Stop Using Profanity as a Crutch
Todd Brison

This is a big pet peeve of mine and I have noticed it more and more on television of late.

One of my favorite writers and creators of television recently had a new pilot on Amazon Prime. This was a couple of years ago. The idea was fascinating. But, the pilot was horrible.

I watched it and was appalled at the terrible dialog the characters had been given. Almost every other word was an “F bomb” and there was a scene of nudity just for the sake of nudity.

Please do NOT get me wrong. These things are fine when they fit within a story and push the story to where it needs to go. I have no issue with that at all. But, when it is obvious the dialog could have been written by some 18 year old street punk and hey….here’s a girl by herself by a pool…she needs to get naked…well, there is a lack of writing ability there. There is a lack of talent and skill. It’s lazy.

The only thing redeeming about that pilot was the ending which made me wonder where the story was supposed to go. But, the pilot was not strong enough, and lets be honest, not written well enough to get picked up.

I hate lazy writing. Writers need to take pride in the ideas they give birth to. If those ideas are not worth taking the time to nurture them into something better, then come up with another idea. Don’t waste your time and don’t waste ours.