YES, WATCHING TV IS IMPORTANT FOR WRITERS

TV on white entertainment stand turned on to the Spotify music app.
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A couple of years ago, I read Stephen King’s revered memoir On Writing. There was one line in it that made me take pause, however:

“TV — while working out or anywhere else — really is about the last thing an aspiring writer needs.” (pg 148)

Here’s what I’ll say to his credit: 21 years ago when this was written, TV was still mainly sitcoms with laugh tracks. We had…