Melissa Turkington

Melissa Turkington is a writer and script reader based in LA. She won the 2017 Nate Wilson Award and 2020 AFF Drama Pilot Award. She's been featured in Deadline and GOOD.

Dear Diary: A Return to Journaling

Dear Diary: A Return to Journaling

It was an act of opening my heart in rebellion against total social isolation. It began as a personal exercise, an uncensored lovefest only I would see.

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5 min read

The Myth of Meritocracy

The Myth of Meritocracy

It’s probably too much to ask for Hollywood to ever be a real meritocracy. Nowhere in society does there exist a “real” meritocracy. All we can do is try to make things better for ourselves and for each other ...

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11 min read

Single-Year Itch: 365 Days in Writing Exile

Single-Year Itch: 365 Days in Writing Exile

I decided to focus on the things I could control rather than treating my career like a blind gamble, because the house always wins.

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6 min read

Twitter is a Dog from Hell

Twitter is a Dog from Hell

The way Bukowski has become seated in modern culture likely has a lot more to do with the audience's perceptions than the work itself.

# Read # The District
7 min read

When We Get It Wrong

When We Get It Wrong

The artist’s response to pain is to counteract it with beauty—an urge to affirm life even as we are drowning. Sometimes we make magic. Sometimes we get it wrong.

# Read # The District
5 min read

Learning How to Bleed, or How Hemingway Tricked Us All into Living a BDSM Nightmare

Learning How to Bleed, or How Hemingway Tricked Us All into Living a BDSM Nightmare

Am I the only one who finds it a wee bit unhealthy we are expected to lay bare our most intimate struggles just to force a bunch of strangers to feel something?

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6 min read

Fail Better: What Samuel Beckett Can Teach Us About Quitting

Fail Better: What Samuel Beckett Can Teach Us About Quitting

He was never quite able to pin the magnificent, ethereal creature inside his head to paper, and that fact consumed him.

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4 min read
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