Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Writing like Mad (Men)

Do you ever go to costume parties?  Last fall I was invited by some friends from the university - no, not students - to attend a "Man Men" themed party. Everyone was to dress up like a character from the show (or at least that general era).

I was familiar with the award-winning TV show about advertising execs in 1960's but hadn't watched as much as a full episode, so I decided to tune in for one. The show is a little randy, to use their vernacular. And I had a hard time getting use to all the smoking and drinking they do at work. But it's also smartly written, and their style is fabulous.

See what I mean? This was a great excuse to buy a retro-chic southern-looking dress.

So maybe that's why I loved this post on writing by Jonathan Morrow at Copyblogger called "The Mad Men Guide to Changing the World With Your Words." You have to admit, that's a creative angle for a post.

If you're a writer, check it out and see if you agree with Jonathan and the fictional Don Draper. By the way, the show's writers are mostly females in their 20's to 50's.

Now I'm off to do some more of what looks like nothing in hopes of uncovering the next great idea and changing the world. Then I'll put on a fabulous dress and write like mad. 

You watch this show? If you decide to tune in now, just know that I warned you, it's randy!


  1. Stephanie BekasiJanuary 10, 2012

    Rachel,Sweet sister :)....I have no idea what you are talking about! I have never heard of this show!! I can tell you that I too would have a problem watching people smoke! I get SICK as a dog when I see a cigarette...LOL, I think it's God's way of keeping me from going back to smoking! Thank You Jesus!!! So I can't make any other remarks :/. You have a Blessed day though! XOXO <3

  2. Hey Stephanie - no worries, no need to tune in to that show. It captures the era of the 60s when people thought smoking was healthy and sexism in the work place was normal. Obviously a lot has changed since then - for the better.

    So glad smoking holds no appeal to you now! You have a great day too!

  3. I've never gotten into Mad Men, but I like Pan Am (which is also randy). They have the early 60's down pat.

  4. Hey Diane, I've seen Pan Am a couple times. Yes, they've captured the vibe as well! I liked the spy twist in that one. :)

  5. The green dress in the middle is fabulous! I would wear that dress....if I am able to keep my New Year's resolution of a good diet and exercise that is. :)

  6. I love how he says, and I am paraphrasing here, "I spend 1-2 hours a day staring into the air thinking. And if someone asks me what I'm doing, I tell them I'm working." LOVE IT! The mind of a writer (and I mean someone innately blessed with the ability to put words together) is never at rest. I was writing in my mind at 3:00 this morning on my couch listening to the rain as my daughter slept peacefully in MY spot in the king size bed. Just reading this article makes me want to go write something... I think I will. ;) Glad you shared this article! {And I have never watched Mad Men. I don't think we get the network it's shown on. And I don't think my husband would watch it with me!}

  7. Hi Rachel,

    Thanks so much for sharing this article. I love that it gave a reason to those moments in the morning when I just stare off in space (and all that time I spend reading here, watching Mad Men there).

    I for one do watch Mad Men...and I am always so impressed with how they pull me right into that era. It's not forced, it's natural. I'm just staring through a small window at people living their lives in the 60's. Very, very cool!

    The only thing I would change are Peggy's bangs. Ay carumba! She's a woman now...and a writer with her own office...she really needs to do away with the bangs that are too short for her long forehead! :-)

    I'm watching the series on Netflix...so I'm a little behind. Perhaps she's finally grown them out?

    Have a lovely day!


  8. Leah, your comment about her bangs cracked me up!


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