Well, it’s another Tuesday and I’m thinking about my writing–what else is new, right?! The last two weeks, I posted about how writers get their ideas for horror stories. Sometimes we all have a great idea, but we aren’t sure how to get from point A to point B. Lately I’ve been stuck in a rut with my ideas, so I’ve taken to watching a few good shows and movies to help me. More and more I watch with a critical eye, rather than just enjoy the film. I want to learn more about writing and what really makes a good story. Of course I lean toward horror, but I’ve also taken a lot away from some fantastic dramas and thrillers.

So, what have I been watching?

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This has to be one of the smartest shows on TV. I mean, it’s got it all: a tough female lead character, government secrets, hit men, romance, and a single thread that ties the whole thing together–command. This is how a good series should be written!

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My husband loved this series, so I figured I’d give it a watch. Only 7 seasons long, this show had a great run. I did find some of the episodes to be lacking and one season in particular wasn’t even necessary to move the story along, but this is what I see in book series. Some books could have been melded with another, rather than be filler.

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Faith loves Frankenstein, I love Dracula. This one was kind of meh for me. Sure it had an extremely H-O-T leading actor, but really the rest was just darkness. The final fight scene was very well done, but I would have liked to see a little more of the monster in the cave.

See, even watching TV helps to make a better writer. Just don’t make watching something an excuse to not write. You still need butt in chair time! Have any of you watched movies or TV series to get ideas? I’d love to hear how you get writing your horror stories, so leave a comment. Remember, we all learn from each other!

**all photos courtesy of IMBD.com