How Netflix can inspire your writing

This week I received an email from Netflix saying they'd added new seasons to some of my favorite shows. Finally! If you live in Canada, as I do, you know that we have to wait forever for new content to appear on Netflix, and when it does happen, it's like Christmas all over again. For any writer who loves storytelling, what better way to get inspired than to watch feature films, documentaries, TV shows, and Netflix series--a playground of wacky and original characters and plots.

Here is a list of some of the new content that was added this week, plus a few extras with killer characters and dialogue. 

Mad Men, Season 6: Immerse yourself in the wonderfully tortured world of Don Draper and his ad agency.

Downton Abbey, Season 3: What will become of the Downton family and servants now that the war is over? 

Derek, Season 2: A bittersweet comedy drama about a group of outsiders living on society's margins.

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The Bletchley Circle: Four women code breakers in the 1940s use their skills to catch killers. 

Mr Selfridge: A short drama series that gives us an interesting look at how the modern-day department store came to be, all because of an American tycoon in London. 

Finally, for some fun and a master's class in ridiculously witty dialogue, make some time for these two films:

The Heat: A harsh yet endearing comedy about a partnership between a cop (Emmy winner Melissa McCarthy) and an FBI agent (Oscar winner Sandra Bullock).

Girl Most Likely: A dramatic comedy about a girl (SNL's Kristen Wiig) with no job and no boyfriend, only a room at her mother's house, featuring Annette Bening and Matt Dillon.

Have a great Netflix weekend, everyone!

Stacey D. Atkinson is the author of Stuck, a novel she published via her independent company Mirror Image Publishing.  

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