May 23, 2022
Commonly described as
"anti-historical" historical fiction, The
Great follows the comedic rise of Empress Catherine the
Great (Elle Fanning) and explores her marriage to Emperor Peter III
of Russia (Nicholas Hoult). Series creator Tony McNamara shares how
watching the show as it's being made affects his writing process:
"I don't write the whole season. I write about half of it, which
puts a lot of pressure on me as a writer. I've learned to watch the
show and watch what's happening between characters while we shoot,
and then that starts to be reflected in the writing."
McNamara goes on to discuss the challenges of finding your voice
and shares his tips for burgeoning writers: "I think you’re going
to imitate who you like when you start writing, and there’s nothing
wrong with that – that’s why you’re drawn to certain things… I
think you imitate for a while and then you slowly lose that a
little bit. I always think it’s too much pressure to [find] ‘your
own voice…’ I think as much as finding your voice, you’ve got to
find your process and then you’ll find your voice as well."
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