Peter Gould on Writing

We try to think a lot about our characters and their choices and who they are and what they want to do. We also try to create contrast between these folks. Everything I say sounds like Writing 101 but there’s no Writing 102. At least that I know of. There’s only the basics and you have to go back to them.

Peter Gould, writer for “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul”.

Are they superversive shows? Certainly not Lamplighter superversive. I’d argue Simon superversive, though. Both shows are tragedies, but there are good guys and bad guys, right and wrong. And after all, the story of King Arthur is a tragedy too. Not all tragedies are nihilistic.

But now I’m off-topic. I just really loved that quote. It cuts right to the heart of a fundamental truth about writing: There’s no Writing 102. There’s only the basics and you have to go back to them.