Writer’s First Source: Shondaland

Welcome back to another edition of Writer’s First Source Wednesday and on today’s edition, we are talking about Shondaland. If you don’t know what Shondaland is then let me tell you about. Ever heard of Scandal? How to Get away with Murder? How about Grey’s Anatomy? If you have then you already know about Shondaland. If you haven’t then let me clue you in on something that we as writers should be paying attention to.

Shondaland, which was created by Shonda Rhimes, has been going on strong for years with Grey’s Anatomy. Why? Well, it has to do with the great stories that she brings to the small screen. If you ever want to study relationships between characters on screen and I’m not talking about your typical relationships, I’m talking about messy, dirty, complicated relationships. The ones that we know are going to be a big mess and we watch anyway to see how the relationships are going to work.

Granted, Shondaland has had a few faults along the way but the ones that last really deal with those messy relationships such as Scandal‘s Olivia Pope and the President. Or how about Grey’s Anatomy Meredith Grey and Doctor McDreamy. The relationships are messy, and at times split apart but when they are back on, magic happens and we can learn a lot from Shondaland on how to make more out of a character when we think that we know it all.

Even more so we can learn about making our characters say great speeches that hook us in and make us stay for the fallout. That is what great writing is, hooking the reader and making us stay for the fallout and seeing who survives in the end. That is why today I’m focusing on Shondaland for we can carry over what she shows us and take it over to the page. She is a master at what she does and she is great at it too.

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