Ricky Gervais Tells A Story About How He Learned To Write...And Kind Of Blows Me Away.

A lot of writers tend to be somewhat pretentious in talking about their writing process.

"When I write, I like to punch myself in the groin a dozen times to inspire myself." 

Please. What most writers have to say about their process is usually very personal and almost too specific to themselves to really be useful to anyone else. We all have our quirks when we get in front of the keyboard but one person's quirks are not necessarily useful to everyone else and, in fact, usually aren't. There's writers who prefer to write standing up or writers who prefer to write by hand. While it's useful to try those things when you feel like what you're doing isn't working, I've almost never found those sorts of tips to be particularly inspiring or useful. 

This is one of the few rare videos about writing that actually seemed to have something genuinely interesting and useful to say in regards to process. Gervais talks about how he learned what makes stories interesting. I found it particularly useful because I think it's so relatable. I think we all start out believing that the best kind of writing is the most extraordinary. Gervais explains how he learned that's not necessarily the case. 

And it made me laugh too which is always nice. 

Dale Goldberg