Why Spoilers Shouldn’t Bother Writers

“No, don’t talk about it around me,” said someone at the office.

We were discussing Westworld and this particular person didn’t want to hear it. She didn’t want to hear any possible plot details because it would be “spoiled.”

The thing is, I hadn’t seen the whole thing either. Only the first episode (don’t worry…I caught up before the finale).

But just because I hadn’t seen the whole thing didn’t mean I wanted to avoid discussing it. Quite the opposite. I’d been reading a lot online about all the theories and was happy to talk. Sure, I didn’t know everything because I hadn’t actually seen it, but still. I was invested.

Spoilers don’t bother me. And if you’re a writer, they shouldn’t bother you either.

Here’s why — I’m deeply invested in story. I want to know how things click and work. I want to see and recognize the problems and try to connect the dots. I want to solve the puzzle. In our current culture, people are more invested in story than ever before. They’re dissecting everything.

Writers should want to know those answers, too. So we can observe the process unfold and link the characters and their details.

I love that stuff. I studied literature and dissecting themes, descriptions and plot details is what literature is all about. Now, it’s mainstream and the culture is invested in it.

Why would I miss out on that? Why would any writer miss out on that?

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I’m Josh Spilker, a writer and author. I blog about the writing process at Create, Make, Write and write about everyday life at Vaguely Feel. For more like this, follow this publication: