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

Yes, you may have noticed Dale's initials, D-R-G. It's actually not a coincidence. When Dale started his career in film, he was only in sixteen but his talents as a storyteller earned him a job as the head of marketing at a martial arts studio - before he'd even graduated high school. Later, when he was a Lead Creative at Apple, his talents for solving problems on set and in the editing room earned him the nickname "Dr. G". Now, he applies those same skills at his own company. Dale has over ten years of experience in video and film production. He holds a degree in Marketing and Advertising from Kennesaw State University and a professional certificate in screenwriting from UCLA. He has written two feature length screenplays, directed three short films, and produced countless commercial projects. He lives in the Greater Atlanta Area with his wife and daughter and is writing his third feature length screenplay.