Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Know Your Flaws... And Make Them Strengths

 So. There's this TV show you may or may not know about...

Some people call it SUPERNATURAL.

I call it Best Thing EVER.

Anyway, SUPERNATURAL is usually heavy on the grim and gritty, but the creator and executive producers always make sure to toss in a few episodes to lighten the mood. Recently, they aired this kind of episode. It's called "The French Mistake". 

In this episode, brothers Sam and Dean are sent to an alternate reality. Not only do they discover they're actors playing two dudes called Sam and Dean on a TV show, but their real names are Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles.

Which are the actors' real names in real life.

Oh, and they also discover their angel BFF, Castiel, is some dude named Misha Collins.

And he's obsessed with Twitter.


So, the point of this post is to show pics of my husband and brother-in-law illustrate a couple things about the art of writing. In "The French Mistake",  SUPERNATURAL pokes fun at itself. Hard. Some jokes the show made involved:

1) Low ratings

2) Episodes and storylines the fans h-a-t-e-d 

3) Disputes between cast members (due to diva-like behavior)

3) Disputes with the network's president

4) Creative differences between writers and executive producer/creator, Eric Kripke

5) Kripke's outlandish ideas for new TV shows

6) Jensen's breakout role in DAYS OF OUR LIVES (don't ask...)

7) Jared's marriage to actress Genevieve Cortese, who played a villain on the show 

8) How corny Jared and Jensen can be in interviews

9) How corny Misha can be all the time

Some of those jokes were just that--jokes. But other things, like the low ratings, fan-hated episodes and storylines, and network disputes, are real. SUPERNATURAL took what doesn't work and turned it into something useful. According to about a zillion blogs, "The French Mistake" is now one of the show's best episodes.  

Which leads me to writing.

Spotting your flaws isn't easy. Sometimes it takes a lot of writing and reading. Sometimes it takes other pairs of eyes to spot them for you. What matters is that you give yourself permission to suck, then take that suckage and transform it into brilliance. Don't get discouraged because you're not doing your best, or because you think you're a long way from improving. You'll never get better if you don't keep going. 

One day, you'll look that suckage in the eye and say, "Suckage, you've been PWNED!!!!!!"


Now tell me: do you have any writing flaws that are frustrating you? If so, how do you make them strengths? 


  1. I just wanted to say OMG I LOVE SUPERNATURAL! And that episode made me laugh so hard, especially Misha. THAT MAN IS NOT REAL <33333

  2. I must admit that I never got into this show (I don't know why with hotties like that!), but after reading about that episode, I'm reconsidering! Great post!

  3. Supernatural is indeed the greatest show EVER. They've been having a ton of fun with themselves this season too - like having Dean try to pull a sword from a stone, fail, and then figure what the hell, and proceed to blow it up with dynamite. :) :)

  4. I love, love, love Supernatural, but Buffy is always best show ever! What I admire about both shows is humor that balances the darkness, as well as character development. The writers, not only imagined complex worlds, they created characters of depth, who grow throughout the series. And they know when to laugh at themselves. Great post. Thanks.

  5. You have the best shows!! Not fair!! :-) Take care

  6. Ha, great post. Flaws? what are those? I actually have a hard time finding the right name for that thingy in my head. I've learned to watch out for words while reading and keeping index cards to note them down so when I'm writing I can pop 'em up around me. Seems to work.

  7. OMG, I LOVED that episode--truly think it was one of their best. And I remembered I took a snippy comment from a critique session before and then added it right into my dialogue. It was like a not-so-subtle eff you. :)

  8. I've, um, never seen this show. *ducks head* But I do love looking at everything from both sides, so this sounds pretty good--especially perservering even if perfection is unreachable. Improvement IS reachable. Great post!