Quote Homesick Cajun: Calliope I could not agree more!! I recognized the name but had to look it up to refresh my memory who he was. I remember when he wrote for The Doctors and ATWT. In fact he was responsible for Luke and Laura on GH. In reading about him I stumbled across an interview he did years ago and it was Marland's Rules for Soap Writing.
1. Watch the show
2. Learn the history of the show
3. Read fan mail. Characters you find dull may be the favorites of the audience
4. Be Objective.
5. Talk to everyone. Especially Actors.
6. Don't change a core character.
7. Build new characters slowly. It takes the audience at least 6 months to care about a new character.
8. Don't fire anyone for at least 6 months.
And finally, it's very simple good soap writing is good storytelling!
That man knew how to please an audience!!!!!
Thanks for the ABCs of soap writing curtsey of Doug Marland. Every soap writer currently employed should be forced to read these rules so they become educated about how a good soap is produced. I have to confess that the name was familiar to me too, probably because I've watched so many different soaps over the years, but I am not as well versed as many of you other posters about the writers and producers, both good and bad, current and former, because I never had to worry about the writers in the past. I guess I just never paid as much attention to them but I'm sure getting a history lesson now that we are saddled with this current nightmare that is unfolding.