That Filthy Four-Letter Word
From the DOOL Writer's Manual:
Story lines are hard to come by. It takes a lot of brainpower and, excuse the use of a filthy four-letter word, work to come up with a lame story, even though we've done that story a hundred times over or ripped it off from an old film. Since work is not your friend, we suggest a writer's technique called "plot extension."
Some viewers, vindictive, petty little people that they are, sometimes refer to this with the pejorative, "dragging it out." Pay no attention to these small minds. If you start listening to what the viewers want, you'll wind up not only having to write plots that move along, but also, perish the thought, plots that are interesting.
Remember, selective use of the "pregnant pause" is a sign of a good writer, so you can be an excellent writer but using the "pregnant year," which, by the way, is coincidentally the standard amount of time for a pregnancy on this show.
It's late July. I'm starting to get the sick feeling this Dan-Chloe-Phil-Carly-Pocket II thing could drag out (sorry to use the "pejorative") until November sweeps. I think it might. In fact, the only question is, November of what year?
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