What the hell is going on?

I’m author and freelance writer Jeff Somers and I’ll be discussing writing by over-thinking stories and what makes them work here. This won’t be your typical ‘here’s how to world-build’ or ‘here’s how to plot’ writing advice. This will be deep-dives into TV shows, films, video games, etc with an eye towards why they work, why they’re appealing in broad, general terms.

There will also be a lot of self-deprecating jokes, references to pantslessness and whiskey, and reasons for you to wonder why I’ve been as successful as I have been.

Subscribe to get full access to the newsletter and website. Never miss an update.

Stay up-to-date

You won’t have to worry about missing anything. Every new edition of the newsletter goes directly to your inbox.

Join the crew

Be part of a community of people who share your interests.

To find out more about the company that provides the tech for this newsletter, visit Substack.com.

Subscribe to Writing Without Rules: Deep Dives

Figuring out why stories work using examples from pop culture.


Jeff Somers (www.jeffreysomers.com) began writing by court order as an attempt to steer his creative impulses away from engineering genetic grotesqueries.