“When you're writing you're constantly fighting demons to sit down and do what you do. If you listen to the voices outside your head, in addition to the ones inside your head, you'll never get anything done. There's enough inner strife.” – Melissa Rosenberg
Born in California on this date in 1962, Rosenberg has worked in both film and television where she’s won a Peabody Award, and been nominated for two Emmy Awards and two Writers Guild of America Awards. She also is a major supporter of female screenwriters through the WGA Diversity Committee and co-founded the League of Hollywood Women Writers.
“I also am involved with 'Write Girl,' which is such a great organization, because they go into inner city schools and work with underprivileged girls to pair them up with other writers,” she said. “And it gets them learning to express themselves and become familiar with their own voice. They have a 100% success ratio getting those girls into college.” Among her best-known works are the Dexter, Twilight, and Jessica Jones’ series, all major award-winners or nominees for this talented writer. She also served as executive producer for Dexter and not only produced but also created and wrote for Jessica Jones, currently in its fifth season.
“If you start writing to an audience you're talking down to them,” she said. “I've never written for any age group, I just write character. If you can capture that you'll get the audiences, and it will be a wide range, as it is for 'Twilight,' it's a pretty wide range.”
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