What Gotham Taught Me About Being A Writer

Hope you had a great weekend. Today’s the first official day of fall—and it’s warmer than it was a couple of days ago, which is good.

Next Sunday’s going to be a more interesting one than usual—if I remember, I’ll write up a post about it.

Anyway, let’s get to it for today—before I forget why I wrote that cool title.

Last night (Monday), I watched the premiere of the Fox series Gotham.

It starts off in the Batman universe—but Bruce Wayne is a boy in this one. His parents are killed, and he’s introduced to Detective Jim Gordon (played by Ben McKenzie—he played in The O.C., Southland, and a bunch of other shows, too, probably).

Oh, and Gordon’s supervisor is Detective Harvey Bullock—he didn’t get a lot of time in the older Batman cartoons.

But back to Gotham…

What’s really cool about this show is that a lot of characters from the Batman universe were introduced in this one episode—including the opening scenes with Catwoman swiping some milk to feed a cat.

Then there was the scene with the henchman Oswald being teased about walking like a penguin.

And one with a little girl named Ivy who likes to play with plants.

Heck, The Riddler even made an appearance—as a ballistics and firearms expert for the Gotham Police.

I love backstory, origin stories, and fictional lore of all kinds—including seeing all these characters in the Batman universe just starting out—starting to be who they’ll end up.

And I’m looking forward to seeing how they turn out, if I can watch any more episodes (there are like four or five good shows within the same two hour time block on Monday, and we don’t have DVR).

What’s the point, really? What does a show about Batman characters have to do with writing?

Everyone has to start somewhere.

That’s the point. I started writing in first grade by picking up a pencil and writing on strange paper with dashed lines (so that we could make sure we did our upper- and lower-case letters correctly—I think they might still have that paper in schools now).

Life is a learning experience. So is fiction writing, copywriting, publishing, revising, and any of a dozen other writing-related what-have-ya I could name.

I started out knowing just as much about email marketing and persuasion as I did writing fiction for the magazine market—and once upon a time, that was absolutely nothing, except that words can be strung together to make sentences.

And I’m learning more every day.

Just because everyone starts at a different point doesn’t mean it’s wrong or bad, either. Writing comes in many different forms and formats, and some prefer one or two more than others. Or don’t know they like something, until they try it.

The point is to start.

I’ve probably repeated that point a lot. It’s important, though.

Stay tuned. Tomorrow, I’ll go a little deeper into why it doesn’t matter where you start.

Be sure to swing by.

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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2 Responses to What Gotham Taught Me About Being A Writer

  1. I watched the program too. It promises to be a good one.

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