I get in a huff about good writing and bad writing and I burn bridges and storm away and everyone smart enough not to give a shit breathes a sigh of relief, makes a cuckoo sign with their finger and divvies up my money. I think the reason I still get hired is because my reputation is "yeah, hire Dan Harmon, he writes a bunch of stuff to get you started and then he gets mad and jumps out the window without his check."
In terms of results, there is
1. work that makes money
2. work that gets you more work
3. work that becomes famous
4. work that impresses other writers
5. work that makes people happy and
6. work that makes you happy.
And #6 is the only result you can attempt to control unless you want to die the biggest dip shit fucking sucker in the world.
I realize nobody asked for that advice but I can only learn things by tricking myself into thinking I'm teaching.
Abed: Will they or won't they? Sexual tension.
Jeff: Abed, you have to stop treating us like we're characters in a TV show.
Abed: Well, that's kind of my gimmick. Although we did lean pretty hard on that last week. I can lay low for an episode.
AVC: Abed comes right up to the edge of breaking the fourth wall. What do you see his role as, and would you ever have him directly break the fourth wall?
DH: No, I never would. And in fact the whole reason for him being the guy that’s such a fan of TV and movies is that he’s not afraid to say the thing that TV characters usually aren’t allowed to say which is, “Isn’t this a lot like a TV show?” Because if somebody is not allowed to say that, I would get bored real fast writing a sitcom. But at the same time, the fourth wall cannot be broken in my mind. I have a real sensitivity to that. People feel like it’s the opposite, that it’s constantly caressing it and punching it, challenging it and stuff, but it really couldn’t be more the opposite. I really believe that you need some pop-culture referencing and some little bit of, “Wow this is really sort of coming together like TV shows do” in order for modern audiences to actually believe what’s happening is happening, because that’s how you and I would react if we were in those situations. We would not just go, “Oh good, I’m glad we all worked this out in 20 minutes through a succession of Joseph Campbell steps.” We’re somebody apt to go, “Yeah, exactly, because this is a TV show.” [Laughs.] So to represent the fact that it’s happening in reality.
DM: I'm not worried about my creativity, Mark. I'm the Dungeon Master! I control worlds! Universes! Every potion you drink I mixed. Every magic item you find I put it there. Do you remember when you killed that hill giant?
Picard: I rolled a 20, double damage.
DM: You rolled a 19, Mark. I fudged it. That giant would've killed you, man. But I admired your spark. You wanted it so badly... so I helped. Because I wanted to. And I help people when I want to. And right now, you're roasting in the hot belly of a platinum dragon, so why don't you ask yourself where... your priorities... lie.
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