Diary of a TV writer on strike: “I can’t stop fixating on the toll this is taking on my life and career.”

More from ew.com: Diary of a TV Writer on Strike. Says the anonymous writer:

I am a television writer and I am on strike… I find work season to season, and for the last couple of years I’ve been on the staff of a mid-tier basic cable drama. In short, I’m one of the WGA’s rank-and-file. Which means that according to the union’s rhetoric, I am the person for whom we’re all striking.

Does that fill me with happiness/pride/lofty feelings of working-class fervor? Not really. Don’t get me wrong: I know the issues we’re fighting for and I support the union and my fellow writers and I’ll stand with them until the bitter end. Theoretically. On a personal level, I can’t stop fixating on the toll this is taking on my life and career.

There are also the more mundane dilemmas… The union wants us to turn in all of our unproduced work so they can make sure no one is doing any unapproved writing during the strike. However, the studio that produces the show has said — via a firmly worded letter to my agent — that my script belongs to them, so don’t even think about sending it to the Guild…. Keep in mind, both sides wield significant power. It’s like being a child caught between feuding parents during a divorce.

First Person: Diary of a TV Writer on Strike [ew.com]

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